Audi’s PB18 electric supercar heading for production

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Words: Nile Bijoux
11 Jan 2019

Audi has confirmed that its PB18 electric supercar has been greenlit for production, albeit as a limited-edition model.

The news came from a Dutch launch event for the e-tron SUV, where the brand provided new details on a few upcoming EVs.

First off, the PB18 that first debuted at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will be built for purchase. The concept had a claimed 500kW and 482km of range. It remains to be seen whether the production version will mirror these figures.

Audi fitted this version with solid-state batteries, which are basically the next big thing in battery technology. In a nutshell, they promise substantial improvements in safety, range and charge times compared with liquid-type lithium-ion batteries currently in use.

At the same time, Audi confirmed a compact electric crossover will be built on the VW Group’s new MEB modular electric car platform, which also underpins the VW ID Neo, due for release this year. The Four Rings’ compact crossover is expected to be the brand’s most popular EV. There was no word on a launch date but expect it after 2021.

In other news, expect a coupe-like version of the e-tron SUV. It should dot down sometime this year, having been previewed by the 2017 e-tron Sportback concept. Finally, in 2020 we will see the production e-tron GT sedan.

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