Battery-powered SUV launched at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show hints at electric future for German marque
Audi has taken the wraps off an all-electric E-tron Quattro Concept, at this year's Frankfurt motor show, pointing towards a battery-powered future for the four rings.
The E-tron Quattro comprises of three electric motors, two on the rear-axle and a third within the powertrain. The resulting power is impressive - 429bhp is produced as a total output figure, while up to 496bhp and 590lb ft of torque is available in ‘boost’ mode.
Unlike most concepts, the E-tron is a fully-functioning car, packed full of relevant technology. Torque vectoring is utilised to improve handling, as are low-mounted batteries, and the upshot of Audi’s experience with electric technology (as used at Le Mans) is that the E-tron will do 310 miles from a fully charged battery. That puts it in the same ballpark as the current darling of the electric car world, the Tesla Model S.
Audi is also doing much to shake off the ‘slow’ impression of electric cars, with the E-tron launching from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds, and on to an electronically limited top speed of 130mph.
A full-scale all-electric SUV is expected to make its market debut in 2018, bearing some resemblance to the E-tron. It is also expected to feature wireless charging technology, as is currently being trialled by Qualcomm
Audi board member Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed to evo.co.uk that the E-tron Quattro is a ‘concreate foretaste’ of Audi’s electric future.