Audi's first all-electric vehicle will carry the e-tron name

That's a little unusual, considering it will still use the moniker to denote electric variants of traditional cars, as well.

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If you want an idea of what Audi's first e-tron will look like, its concept from the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is a good place to start.

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Audi first unveiled its Quattro all-wheel-drive system in a car of the same name. Now, the company is hoping to repeat that success with an all-electric car called e-tron.

When Audi releases its first dedicated all-electric vehicle, it will carry the e-tron name, Autocar reports. It will take the form of an SUV, based on the e-tron Quattro concept from the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Following the SUV's release, the e-tron will reportedly spawn both hatchback and sedan variants.

The automaker already uses the e-tron badge for its electrified offerings. It currently sells the A3 e-tron Sportback, and for a very short period of time, it sold an all-electric R8 e-tron. Despite using the name for a new venture, it will continue to use the badge to signify partially electric vehicles existing within already established vehicle lines. Yeah, that's a bit confusing.

There's a good chance this e-tron lineup will use Volkswagen Group's MEB platform. MEB was designed from the start to work with electric vehicles, and its scalable nature means it can underpin everything from small cars to hulking crossovers. MEB made its first appearance in Volkswagen's I.D. concept from Paris.

Autocar's report states that all three electric Audis -- SUV, hatchback and sedan -- will be introduced by the end of the decade. This aligns with Volkswagen Group's promise to debut dozens of electric vehicles in the coming years, as the company plans to move away from gas and diesel drivetrains in favor of an environmentally friendly platform less fraught with scandal.

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