Audi plans for a 500 km evee

The Witness - Wheels - - ELECTRIC - — Wheels Re­porter.

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.

PHOTO: AUDI

Audi has plans for a 500 km elec­tric ve­hi­cle.

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