Audi has suspended work on the secret project ArtemisMarch 24, 2021
The German automaker has taken a break from a top secret project. But the first concept will still debut this year.
Audi is officially the technology leader of the Volkswagen Group and this honor bears a great responsibility. Markus Düsmann, CEO of the luxury brand, does not accept failure and is still satisfied with what has been achieved. Everyone has already heard about the existence of the top-secret project Artemis, the architectural foundation for a highly automated electric vehicle, due out in 2024.
Targeted directly at competing with the Tesla Model S and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQE and EQS, Artemis promises to be a significant technological breakthrough across all major categories, including battery, automation and overall design. Several vehicles are expected to be produced on the platform. However, now the release of the first production model, according to Duesmann, has been postponed by one year.
Given that the launch of Artemis (probably not the final name) will take place in 2025, the concept car will be unveiled in late 2024. Duesmann argues that the slight delay is due to the project’s many advanced technologies, although this is not necessarily a bad thing. However, he confirmed that we will see the first Artemis concept later this year, possibly at the Munich Auto Show in September.
“It is important for us that the car becomes a giant leap forward, a very large technological leap. This vehicle is the technology leader for a range of vehicles. Everything has to be done from the very beginning, and there is no room for error, ”said the CEO.
Düsmann was also asked about the just announced cessation of development of Audi’s internal combustion engines. Major models such as the A4, A6 and Q5 “will offer combustion engines for a while. The next generation of these three series will definitely have internal combustion engines, including many plug-ins and mild hybrids. “
It will be a gradual but steady transition to an all-electric lineup. Eventually, all VW Group electric vehicles will use a common architecture called the Scalable System Platform (SSP). Some of the improvements presented in Project Artemis will undoubtedly be used for what will eventually become an exhaust-free automaker.
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