In this year’s International Motor Show press event which was held in Frankfurt, Audi revealed the details of e-tron quattro, the company’s latest all-electric concept car. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, a member of Audi Board of Management for Technical Development said that Audi e-tron quattro illustrated the future of mobility. The electric car will go into production in 2018.
E-tron quattro is designed to have 95kWh battery which able to travel an impressive range of 310 miles on a single charge. In comparison, Tesla Model X SUV able to travel within a range of 240 miles on a single charge. Audi’s latest all-electric car also has a Combined Charging System (CCS) which means that it can be charged with either AC or DC electrical current. It only takes about 50 minutes for it to be fully charged with a DC current outputting 150kW. On top of that, it also installed with induction charging technology which means that it can be charged wirelessly over a charging plate.
E-tron quattro roof top is designed to be able to trap solar energy and convert it to an energy which can power up the system battery on sunny day. As a result, it provides an additional 320 watts of electrical power. On top of that, it is equipped with moveable aerodynamic elements at the front, on the sides and on the rear to improve the airflow of the car and thus will improve the car’s performance.
A piloted driving technology is also implemented on the car which uses radar sensors; video camera, ultrasonic sensors as well as laser scanner for collecting data based on the car’s environment and create a model of the vehicle’s surrounding in real time and as accurately as possible for the car to make certain decisions.
E-tron quattro is using a large lithium ion battery which installed between the axles and below the passenger compartment and thus provides a low-centre of gravity which can help to balance the load. In total the vehicle has three engines. One engine is installed on the front axle while the other two engines are installed on the rear axle producing a total capacity of 370kW.
The rear-view mirrors are replaced with cameras and curved displays built into the front section of the doors which make it easier for the driver to view the environment surround them. The vehicle is able to go from zero to 62.1 miles per hour in just 4.6 seconds with its top speed reaching 130.5 miles per hour.
For the interior, there are two touch displays installed in the cockpit. One to the driver’s left for them to control lights and piloted driving systems while the right touch display is programmed to control media and navigation. The centre console is equipped with two more OLED displays for climate control and infotainment.
With all these features, it looks like Tesla is getting some serious competition.