Audi will move forward with production of an electric version of the R8 sports car, CEO Rupert Stadler said last week.
A year ago, Stadler told Automotive News Europe that Audi would not build the electric E-tron version of the R8. But under new product development chief Ulrich Hackenberg, who also heads Volkswagen Group development, the company has changed plans.
Hackenberg told German sister publication Automobilwoche at the Geneva auto show this month: "In a few months the A3 E-tron will be launched as a plug-in hybrid." But he added: "In markets where there are many early adopters, take California as an example, I can also imagine a high-end electric sports car."
Asked at the time if the R8 E-tron would be built, he said: "I am just now championing it."