Audi electric bi-turbo engine announced image

The German based automaker Audi has announced its plans to develop an electric bi-turbo diesel engine which should offer high-performance under the hood of the company’s future models.

Going “green” and downsizing seems to be the key to everything these days in the automotive industry and since Audi is being run by Volkswagen, the brand is getting ready to take on a new challenge, which is the development of an electric bi-turbo diesel engine. The announcement has been made by Audi and the new system will use a gas-driven turbocharger, along with an electrically-driven compressor.

“A new development stage is the electric biturbo. This makes it possible – independently of the exhaust energy available – to build up charge pressure quickly and achieve high levels of torque even at very low revs”, as the automaker is saying in its official press release.

Audi is currently testing the system on a modified 3.0 liter bi-turbo TDI diesel engine, which, in standard, is developing a total output of 309 HP (313 PS / 230 kW) and it has a peak torque of 650 Nm (479 lb-ft). Addition details on the new engine are limited for the moment but until the carmaker will release new details on it, you can check out the image posted above which is showing the electric bi-turbo engine.