Audi is planning to launch its very own Plugin-in hybrid for a 2015 release date, it is expected to feature a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine and electric motor, the Q range, most likely to be the Q7, is expected to be the first beneficiary of the technology followed by the flagship A8.
Auto manufactures are launching a range of Plugin hybrids, the Mercedes E Class and S Class are available as a Plugin hybrid, Land Rover will also offer a plugin hybrid but none of these two use a diesel hybrid powerplant, the exception being Volvo with its V60 range.
Audi is playing catch up in the plugin hybrid wars and is seen by industry analysts to be slow to react to changing market conditions, but the company isn’t resting on its diesel laurels, of which there have been many.
Audi is scheduled to launch yet more diesel innovations with an e-booster turbocharger which combines an electric compressor to spin the turbo charger at low revs, technically eliminating turbo lag.
Audi still believes refinement of diesel technology will make up a significant part of its target to reduce CO2 emissions by 2020. Hybrid cars are yet to make in roads into the buying culture of Europe, last year the sector accounted for 214,237 sales with diesel hybrids making up 37,000 of those sales.