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Is there a single, right pathway that leads to a future of electric mobility? We don’t think so. When we reflect on the individual mobility needs of Audi drivers, we realise just how diverse their requirements are.
A perfectly tailored vehicle concept is needed depending on where someone lives and the trips they make – whether they drive every day or only sporadically. It is our aim to cover as many different requirements as possible with the Audi e-tron. And to build the perfect car of the future for as many customers as possible. Discover efficient, emotional mobility with the Audi e-tron – in the guise of plug-in hybrids, vehicles with a charging unit and purely battery-powered vehicles.
A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is a hybrid vehicle with a battery that can be recharged from the grid. It combines a combustion engine with an electric motor; because it has a higher battery capacity than a full hybrid it can also cover longer distances purely on its electric motor. The Audi e-tron Spyder is a plug-in hybrid.
A range extender is a device that increases the operating range of an electrically powered vehicle beyond its range on only its battery (extended range electric vehicle, EREV). The main forms taken by the range extender are efficient, smaller combustion engines that charge up the battery via an alternator.
Battery electric vehicles (BEV) have a battery as their sole energy source, so they travel purely electrically. The Audi e-tron showcar from the Frankfurt Motor Show is such a BEV vehicle.