German car maker Audi has announced its ‘Artemis Project’ for autonomous electric car development, that will see the brand release a new electric model as soon as 2024.
The Artemis Project is an undertaking of Audi’s new CEO Markus Duesmann to “focus on new technologies for electric, highly automated driving,” and a step towards the brand’s goal of having 75 electric models by 2029.
“The current electric initiative at the Volkswagen Group naturally ties up all our capacities,” Mr Duesmann said in a statement.
“The obvious question was how we could implement additional high-tech benchmarks without jeopardizing the manageability of existing projects, and at the same time utilize new opportunities in the markets.”
The Artemis Project is to be headed by Volkswagen Automotive Group staffer Alex Hitzinger, who currently oversees the brand’s autonomous driving technology and all-electric Volkswagen ID. Buzz model’s development.
While technical details have not been revealed, Audi says the new electric model will be “highly efficient”.
Which platform the new model will use remains unclear. Audi currently has three full-electric cars in its line-up – the e-tron and Q4 e-tron SUVs and the e-tron GT – and each uses a different underpinning.