Bavarian carmaker Audi coined the name e-tron back in 2009 for an electric concept car which was based on its R8 supercar, and according to Audi all the future electric vehicles from its stable will carry the name only, it won’t carry any letters or numbers.
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler told British car magazine Autocar in a recent interview that the first electric SUV from Audi is due in 2018 and it would be simply named as e-tron.The pure electric SUV will be trailed by an all electric full-sized sedan and a relatively small SUV as a feature of Audi's arrangement to have three EV offerings by 2020.
Since 2009 Audi has used the e-tron name quite a few times on cars like A3 hatchback and Q7 SUV. The production ready Audi e-tron will likely to retain styling cues and the powertrain from the e-tron quattro concept that debuted in Frankfurt motor show last year. Which means the SUV will have three electric motors producing a massive 430 horsepower, and a range of around 300 miles on the European testing cycle. Audi plans to start production of the e-tron SUV in Belgium in time for a 2018 launch.It's imaginable that the e-tron lineup from Audi will utilize the Volkswagen's Modular Electric Toolkit platform, which showed up in Volkswagen's I.D. concept at the recent Paris Motor Show.
This news came soon after VW’s announcement to offer more than a dozen electric vehicles in near future, as the german company plan to move away from diesel and petrol vehicles to make the world a better place to live. Additionally, VW hopes to put the infamous diesel gate scandal behind.