Audi Plans to Build an All-Electric SUV to Rival the Tesla Model X
September 1, 2015
Audi recently revealed sketches of its upcoming e-Tron Quattro concept, showing what the company’s fully electric SUV will look like.
Auto-lovers are definitely aware that almost every automaker is currently racing to produce the next great all-electric vehicle. When Tesla announced its Model X—the first seven-seat all-electric sport utility vehicle—it created quite a buzz. Exact production dates of Tesla’s SUV have yet to be released. However, even though it might not hit the roads until 2016, other automakers are already working on competing vehicles.
If you’re planning to pursue an automotive career, read on to learn more about the all-new Audi e-Tron Quattro, as well as a few electric vehicles that other automakers have in the works.
The Automotive Design and Aerodynamic Efficiency of Audi’s e-Tron Quattro
Audi’s e-Tron Quattro is expected to follow the brand’s “Aerosthetics” concept, which reduces aerodynamic drag with creative solutions. In its concept, the automaker has included a range of aerodynamic elements including rear-view cameras mounted in the front fender and a moveable front splitter, rear wing and rear diffuser. In addition, the car will boast a flat underbody and will achieve a Cd value (coefficient of drag) of 0.25.
The sketches of Audi’s upcoming SUV revealed that the company will not be modifying one of its current SUVs in order to turn it into an all-electric vehicle. Instead, the concept was designed from scratch and features a brand-new, sleek design.
Check out some of the sketches here:
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German Engineering & South Korean Tech Make For a Lasting Battery
Earlier this month, Audi announced it would be teaming up with Samsung and LG to create the battery for the SUV. This battery is expected to provide a range of over 500km. Professionals who have taken mechanic courses know that this range is comparable to that of Tesla’s Model S.
Audi’s e-Tron Quattro will boast a total of 3 electric motors—one will be located on the front axle and two on the rear. However, its battery pack will be placed under the passenger compartment, between the axles.
The German automaker will officially unveil its concept at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September. It’s estimated that the SUV will go into production in early 2018.
Other Car Companies Building Their Own All-electric Vehicles
If you hope to work on electric vehicles during your automotive career, you’ll be excited to learn that between 2017 and 2020, several other luxury automakers will be releasing electric models intended to compete with Tesla’s Model S sedan and Model X SUV.
Automakers including Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW have announced that they have all-electric vehicles in the works. The most recent auto manufacturer to take a small step towards producing an all-electric vehicle is Jaguar. According to Autocar, the British publication, Jaguar has recently trademarked the name “EV-Type” for future use.
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