Audi has announced plans to jointly develop
a plug-in hybrid vehicle with its Chinese partner, First Automotive
Works (FAW) based in the southern city of Foshan.
Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler said the company was determined to bring plug-in-hybrid technology to China soon.
He gave no specific details, confirming only that the model will use a combustion engine and an electric motor that "work together effectively." The model's batteries will be replenished using a conventional electric socket rather than a custom-made charger,
Audi parent company Volkswagen has already developed a hybrid electric car especially for the Chinese market and both Mercedes-Benz and BMW are working on similar projects.
Stadler was tight-lipped about an introduction date for the Audi plug-in but said the petrol-electric car was an "important milestone" that would strengthen Audi's "international competitive position" and help the company achieve the goal of selling 2 million vehicles annually by 2020.
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