Audi plans for a 500 km evee
ONE of the concepts at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show that will have a definite impact on car design is Audi’s long-distance electric sports ute.
Audi said that the eventual production electric vehicle will have a range of 500 km, using a battery built on cells from LG Chem and Samsung SDI.
At a press conference in March, Audi technical development board member Professor Dr Ulrich Hackenberg said: “In early 2018, we will launch a battery-powered sports activity vehicle in the large premium segment with a range of more than 500 kilometres.”
That’s almost certain to be an electric Q6 crossover between the Q5 and Q7. It’ll be built atop the newest iteration of MLB architecture debuted on the new Q7 and is expected to get its looks from the Prologue concepts that Audi has been parading around since last year’s LA Auto Show.
Audi has now announced its partnership with LG Chem and Samsung SDI. These companies will supply Audi from their European production plants.
“With our first battery-electric Audi SUV, we are combining an emission-free drive system with driving pleasure,” said Hackenberg.
“We will integrate optimally 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.”
Gizmag reports that Audi’s e-SUV will have a proven heavyweight competitor when it launches three years from now: Tesla’s Model X.
In his second-quarter shareholder letter last week, Elon Musk said that Tesla will launch the Model X next month.
Audi has plans for a 500 km electric vehicle.