Audi intensified its commitment in the world’s first racing series for fully electric racing cars, starting in the 2016/’17 season that opened in Hong Kong Oct. 9, and will incorporate Formula E into a factory-backed motorsport program. Electric mobility is one of the key topics in our industry,’ said Stefan Knirsch, Audi board member for technical development. ‘We intend to evolve into one of the leading premium car manufacturers in this field. By 2025, every fourth Audi should be an electric vehicle.’ The first model is planned to be a tall wagon that will debut in 2018. Adapting its motorsport program and taking up a commitment in a fully electric racing series ‘is only a logical move,’ Knirsch said.

Audi will have a factory-backed team in the electric Formula E series as ‘electric mobility is one of the key topics in our industry.’ (PHOTO: AUDI)

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