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Hollywood Favorite Audi To Introduce Electric Models (report) - The Hollywood Reporter

Audi is also developing an electric Q8 SUV, a direct competitor to Tesla's Model X, Reuters said. PHOTOS 'Need for Speed': Stars Bring Hot Cars to L.A. Premiere Hollywood's embrace of the Tesla Model S shook up the status hierarchy that Mercedes, BMW and Audi once ruled by default. Now, each is investing heavily in new electrics and plug-in hybrids that should appeal to the market that Tesla pioneered by selling the Model S as hip, green and technologically advanced. Audi fielded several concept electric and plug-in hybrid cars in recent years but stopped short of building them over concerns about their range on a single batter charge. Advances in battery technology at Audi -- along with Volkswagen's experience producing well-received electrics like the e-Golf and eUp -- resulted in range increases to 280 miles per charge for the R8 and about 250 miles for the Q8. German automakers are betting that market for electric cars will greatly expand in the coming years. BMW invested billions developing its recently unveiled i3 electric compact and i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. Mercedes, which owns a 4 percent stake in Tesla, has a plug-in hybrid version of its flagship S Class on the way in 2015; its B Class compact electric goes on sale in the U.S. in July. Kardashian PHOTOS 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies Navigant Research estimates that worldwide sales of electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid vehicles will grow from 6.6 million in 2014 to more than 12 million in 2022, when it projects there will be more than 35 million alternative-fuel cars on the road.

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