Audi wants a piece of Tesla - All electric Q8 coming (in 2017) among others
Audi has a strange Tesla fixation. Back in May of last year Audi took offense to Tesla statements and fired some cheap shots
at the electric automotive company. Audi intends to borrow technology from the off again on again R8 E-Tron program
and place it into other platforms including a lightweight Q8 SUV. This would create an all electric five seat vehicle from Audi to take on the upcoming Tesla Model X but the problem is we would not see it on the market until 2017 at the earliest.
That means Tesla will remain unrivaled for a few years at the very least. Audi is definitely planning on several all electric models but by the time they get here Tesla may already be rolling out their next generation vehicles.
Regardless, a lightweight SUV (the Q8 is expected to shave 300 pounds off the upcoming and much lighter next generation Q7
) with a range of 370 miles in all electric form certainly is appealing. More competition in the all electric segment is a good thing for everyone. IF anyone can challenge Tesla, it is Audi.