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Audi eyes range of 310 miles with electric SUV concept

Set for launch in 2018


Audi pure-electric SUV concept

LOOK OUT, Tesla: Audi is preparing to launch a pure-electric SUV, positioned in size between the Q5 and Q7, with a range of more than 310 miles.


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The Audi e-tron quattro concept will be launched at the Frankfurt motor show next month and to go into production in 2018. It will take on the groundbreaking Tesla Model X pure-electric SUV,  which is scheduled for launch this autumn in America and is expected to have a range of “more than 200 miles”.

Audi e-tron quattro concept – Cockpit Sketch

Audi says the e-tron quattro concept benefits from expertise gained in the development of the coming R8 e-tron electric supercar. The SUV has moving aerodynamic elements at the front, on the sides and at the rear to improve the airflow around the car.

Three electric motors – one on the front axle and two on the rear – create what Audi calls an “electrified quattro”with four-wheel drive. The large lithium-ion battery is positioned between the axles and below the four-seat passenger compartment, giving the car a low centre of gravity for strong handling and stability.

Audi e-tron quattro concept – Exterior Sketch – Rear

Audi recently struck a deal with LG and Samsung to set up a European battery-making facility. “With our first battery‑electric Audi SUV we are combining an emission‑free drive system with driving pleasure,” said Professor Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s director of research and development.


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