Audi confirms small electric car
It has already committed to having an electric sports car on sale in limited numbers by 2012, sold under the e-tron moniker.
However, speaking at the launch of the Audi A7 Sportback in Munich, Stadler admitted for the first time that a mass-market supermini was planned.
It is not clear if this will be an electric version of the Audi A1 or a smaller vehicle, already dubbed the Audi Zero, both for its size and place in the product line up, and its mooted tailpipe emissions.
Notably, Audi is not expected to sell a spin off version of the VW Up city car in the same way brand stablemates Skoda and Seat are.
'Almost certainly, yes, we will have a small electric car. It is being investigated,' Stadler told What Car?
'What we then need are customers willing to pay a premium these vehicles demand.'
Stadler predicted it will be 'three to five' years before the market is ready for such a car.
'What is important is that we believe there will be a time when such vehicles are viable,' said Stadler.
'We are a technical company planning technical solutions, but we are also entrepreneurial, so we are planning for a changing market when customers will be ready.
'Then in 10 years time I see a point where we have clean energy too. Then the situation will be perfect.'