Audi board to shorten the walk from parkade to office
SPEAKING during Audi’s annual meeting in the automaker’s home of Ingolstadt, Germany, CEO Rupert Stadler outlined a plan to introduce at least one electric car per year, starting from 2018.
The 2018 date is significant as it is the year Audi launches its long-awaited electric SUV based on last year’s E-tron Quattro concept. The new SUV, likely to be called a Q6 E-tron, will be produced in Belgium and promises a range of over 480 km.
At the recent Beijing Auto Show, Audi presented the Audi connected-mobility concept, a concept car based on the Audi Q3, the brand’s urban-compact SUV.
Tailored to markets with growing urbanisation such as China, the concept was developed at Audi Research and Development in Beijing and focuses on young, progressive drivers.
An electrically powered multifunctional longboard, measuring 1,05 metres in length, is integrated into the rear bumper of the car for storage and removal.
To ensure permanent usability, the device is charged automatically while loaded in the car. The board’s premium design includes superior materials such as carbon fibre and aluminum.
The car’s infotainment system is linked to the smartphone calendar of the user. Based on the destination and planned arrival time, the system will calculate the fastest mobility mix based on real-time traffic data.
If the longboard option is faster, the system will recommend a parking space nearby so that the driver may continue to the destination with the electric board.
The navigation information synchronises with the Audi MMI connect App on the user’s smartphone that continues to guide the route. The multi-functional longboard has a battery range of more than 12 kilometres and reaches a speed of 30 km/h.
The board can be utilised in three riding modes: • in scooter mode with the handlebar upright, the phone is conveniently clipped to the unfolded handlebar to display directions. The speed is adjusted via remote control attached to the right handlebar grip. A backpack can clip onto the handlebar; • in sport mode, with the handlebar folded down, the rider controls the speed via remote control in his hand; and • in follow mode, the board carries luggage or shopping bags, connecting wirelessly to a smartphone or smartwatch to follow its owner automatically.
The concept is based on the Audi Q3, which is produced in China, where over 70 000 units were sold in 2015, making the Q3 the leader in the premium compact SUV segment.
To make the blocks between the office and the car park shorter, Audi proposed an electric skateboard that charges in a drawer built into the rear bumper of the Q3.