March 22, 2017 at 4:54 PM
‘In the long run we will reduce up to 40% of the current drive versions’, stated Rupert Stadler, chairman of the board of management at Audi at the company’s recent AGM.
Certain engines and transmission combinations are also for the chop, according to Stadler: ‘Do we need so many four-cylinder engines with various powers? Do we need a manual and automatic version? That is the ultimate objective.’
Aside from making space for developing new green car tech, the spring clean will also allow Audi to address the issue of how to charge these vehicles. ‘As well as a charging solution for at home, the possibility to charge batteries is required when on long journeys’, claims Stadler. ‘We are therefore taking on an infrastructure task – something unusual for a manufacturer – to provide starting assistance for electric mobility.’
This comes in the form of a partnership with several other car companies: ‘In Europe, the Volkswagen Group with Porsche and Audi plans to establish a joint venture in cooperation with BMW, Daimler and Ford. Together, we want to set up a high-performance charging points with up to 350kW for fast charging when on long journeys on the main highway routes in Europe.’
Helping to boost product development, Audi has also set itself a target of investing at least 6% of revenues in research and development, as part of its 2025 strategy.