Audi targets Tesla Model X with all-electric 311-mile e-tron quattro

Audi all-electric e-tron quattro

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 e-tron quattro concept – Exterior Sketch – Rear

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.”

Audi e-tron quattro concept – Exterior Sketch – Rear Audi e-tron quattro concept – Exterior Sketch – Rear


Source: AudiGreen Car Congress

  • Hemi

    So great to see that there is some competition out there now which is fuelling the EV market!

  • DisqussingThought

    While I welcome all new electric vehicles, the e-tron quattro will be just another high priced luxury model. The *real* competition will begin when 200+ mile electric vehicles priced under $35,000 begin to enter the market (in 2016? 2017? 2018?). That will be the turning point for electric vehicles.

  • Roger J. Zamofing

    Instead of going to a cheaper and more economic hybrid “bridge technology” already available, that can be built on existing equipment, that also uses 30% less energy on average without high tech engine steering or materials and with an engine that uses 60 instead of 240 parts, these “politicians” go for DREAMS somewhere around 2018. Batteries are for me no real option or solution due to the mostly unknown “side effects” and collateral damages. We should no do the same errors again and again with new (old) technologies. There is no real recycling concept around and I hope that Elon will keep that in mind with his Gigafactory.

    A reliable and much simpler hybrid/generator/combustion engine needs no new and costly infrastructure, where we ALL do not know from which power plants the current is actually coming. Sure that I want to drive 100% electric too and therefore the new car of the near future has no mechanical links between the engine and the wheels, so NO GEARBOX anymore, no DIFFERENTIAL GEARS etc.

    The START for that engine is simply a POLITICAL ISSUE now and not a technical one. The Top-CEO of German Automotive Industry speaks about a loss of more than 50’000 jobs, but still we DEFINITELY NEED to build products with less ressources anyhow and these qualified workers need to do anything else (e.g. Solar Energy or in Energy Autonomy or in Electric Drivetrains etc.) anyhow in the near future.

    So get the message over to as many as possible to prevent further thinking errors that stop easily available REAL solutions NOW! This new engine has 30 years of development behind and IS READY AVAILABLE for manufacturers worldwide. So where is the “advantage by technology” about which AUDI proudly communicates and TESLA seemingly does?