Audi preparing to build electric Q5 in Mexico, sources claim

Audi preparing to build electric Q5 in Mexico, sources claim

Audi’s new factory in Mexico is already preparing to build an electric version of the next-generation Q5 crossover, sources have told Reuters.

The brand’s first North American assembly plant has not yet kicked off volume production for the gasoline-powered Q5. Employees are nonetheless said to be ‘training’ to add the electric powertrain in the near term.

At least one Audi-badged electric crossover has been previewed in concept form as the e-tron Quattro (pictured), initially expected to arrive in production form as early as 2018. The concept boasts 600 lb-ft of torque, good for a zero-to-62 mph sprint in just 4.6 seconds, while a 95-kWh battery is expected to deliver more than 300 miles of range.

VW’s diesel emissions scandal has prompted a shift in focus toward electrified powertrains. The electric Q5 is presumably included in the company’s promise to deliver 30 new EV models before 2025. Previous reports suggest VW Group’s luxury division is attempting to launch at least two high-riding EVs before the end of the decade.

The German automaker expects pure EVs to account for 20 to 25 percent of its overall sales volume by 2025. The seemingly optimistic forecast represents collective sales of up to three million units.