Audi’s all electric SUV is destined for production following its unveiling at the IAA 2015. The vehicle, which it is hoped will be in production in 2018 will have a range of 310 miles and is expected to be one of the stars at next month’s IAA in Frankfurt.
The Audi etron Quattro benefits from the expertise in developing the R8 etron and will be the brands first large series electric car.
Audi say the SUV has been designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle. The concept has Audi Aerostethics which combine technical measures for reducing the aerodynamic drag with design solutions. There are moveable elements on the front, sides and rear to improve the air flow around the car and the underbody is completely closed. The SUV sets a new record in the SUV market with a co-efficient drag value of 0.25
The concept is based on the second-generation modular longitudinal platform and provides considerable scope for the drive system and package. It’s size puts in between the Audi Q5 and Q7 models and the typical SUV body with a flatter coupe like cabin give it a dynamic look. The interior has enough space to fit four people.
The car will run on 3 electric motors (one on the front axle and two on the rear) and a large lithium battery pack which will be housed between the axles and below the passenger compartment. This position of the battery will allow for a low centre of gravity and better weight distribution which will result in improved driving performance and safety.
While innovative the SUV is not the only vehicle from Audi to run solely on electric power. The R8 etron sports car which first made it’s appearance back on 2009, is due to go into production later this year. The rear wheel drive R8 etron sports car can go 280 miles on an electric charge and can reach 62mph in just 3.9 seconds.
It remains to be seen, just how many vehicles will be sold with other manufacturers not having great success with their all electric models. In addition Tesla, who seem to have been ahead of other manufacturers in the electric vehicle market hope to go into production with their Model X SUV this year too, with delivery of reserved vehicles estimated late 2016.