In May, Audi said that it is developing “a sporty SUV with electric drive,” to be launched in 2018 (the company also plans to sell two plug-in SUV models in Asia in 2016).
Now Audi has released teaser images of its e-tron quattro concept, which will be unveiled next month at the International Motor Show (IAA) 2015 in Frankfurt. The company says the sporty SUV is designed from the ground up as an electric car with a range of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles). Its length is between that of the Audi Q5 and the Q7, and the large battery pack is positioned between the axles and below the passenger compartment. The concept has a completely closed aerodynamically-optimized underbody and a cd value of 0.25, which Audi believes will set a new record in the SUV segment.
Audi also announced that it will develop the battery for its pure electric SUV using cell modules from LG Chem and Samsung SDI. The suppliers will develop the cell technology in Europe, and will produce the new cells at their European plants.
“Together with our South Korean development partners, we are bringing production of the latest battery‑cell technology to the EU and strengthening European industry with this key technology,” said Audi Board Member Dr. Bernd Martens. “This will allow us to supply a technological solution that makes electric cars even more attractive for our customers.”
“With our first battery‑electric Audi SUV, we are combining an emission‑free drive system with driving pleasure,” said Board Member Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg. “We will optimally integrate the innovative cell modules developed with LG Chem and Samsung SDI into our vehicle architecture, thus achieving an attractive overall package of sportiness and range.”
Source: Audi, Green Car Congress