New Delhi, Jan 12 (UiTV/IANS) – German automaker Audi has said that it delivered around 1,18,000 fully electric vehicles to customers in 2022, an increase of 44 per cent (year-over-year), despite the challenging environment.
The company also said that 1.61 million vehicles were delivered worldwide despite extremely challenging market conditions.
“In a challenging and dynamic environment, our global team once again proved its resilience in 2022,” Hildegard Wortmann, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG, said in a statement.
Moreover, the company mentioned that the high demand for the all-electric models Audi Q4 e-tron, Audi e-tron GT quattro, and Audi e-tron affirms the company’s clear decision in favour of an all-electric future.
It further added that the company will increase Audi’s momentum on its path toward becoming a sustainable premium mobility supplier.
“The strong numbers for the all-electric models show us that our clear focus on electric mobility is the right path,” said Wortmann.
In 2022, demand for all-electric Audi models was at an all-time high in the US, as it recorded 16,177 vehicle sales, a 47.3 per cent increase over 2021.
In China, the company delivered 6,42,548 vehicles, 8.4 per cent fewer than the previous year.
The company said the drop was caused by ongoing supply bottlenecks, particularly in semiconductors, as well as production constraints caused by Covid-19.
However, the demand for fully electric models in further markets around the world increased by 90.2 per cent.
“Even though we’re still facing global economic challenges, we’re looking toward the future with confidence. That’s because we’re going into 2023, during which we will accelerate the transformation together, with an attractive portfolio, a large number of orders and a highly motivated team,” Wortmann mentioned.
Along with the all-electric models, the Audi A3 (+12.1 per cent), A4 (+8.0 per cent), and Q5 (+2.7 per cent) saw particularly large increases in the overall portfolio, said the company.
MG showcase hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle
The British car manufacturer, MG Motor India on Thursday showcased MG Euniq 7, a new energy vehicle (NEV) with its third-generation hydrogen fuel cell technology.
The Prome P390 fuel cell system built into the multi-purpose vehicle is claimed to have a range of up to 650 km.
“As the industry continues exploring alternate fuel technologies, we are delighted to showcase the world’s leading hydrogen fuel-cell technology – Prome P390 to India,” said Rajeev Chaba, President and Managing Director, MG Motor India, during the event.
The company said that fuel cell vehicles that use hydrogen as fuel have significant advantages such as being pollution-free, high efficiency, high load, fast refuelling, and long battery life and the Prome P390 system promises excellent performance on these parameters with Euniq 7.
The vehicle has zero carbon emissions as it only emits water, but also performs like an air purifier does, purifying air equivalent to 150 adults breathing in just one hour of driving.
In terms of technical specifications, the Prome P390 delivers 92 kW of power with a peak operating efficiency of 60 percent.
It can operate at a maximum of 95 degree celsius and can cold start at -30 degree celsius. The fuel-cell dimensions are – 790*598*820 (mm) with a high durability of over 10,000 hours. In addition, the Prome P390 comes with an Integrated architecture without external humidification, the company said.
On Wednesday, MG Motor India had announced the next generation Hector SUV, available in five, six, and seven-seater configurations along with safety features such as six airbags and a 360-degree HD camera at the Auto Expo 2023.
The company said that the Next-Gen Hector has a host of exciting technologies and 11 Autonomous Level 2 (ADAS) features that offer hassle-free driving comfort with enhanced safety.