Audi E-Tron Quattro Concept is a Beautiful 500-km EV Beast
15 Septembre 2015 - Autoblog
The barrage has started. Volkswagen opened up the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show with a number of exciting plug-in vehicle concepts.
The Audi entrant, one of the few we had hints of before the show started, is a "sporty" electric SUV called the E-Tron Quattro concept. You can probably guess who the target competition is for this luxury EV with an expected 500-km range.
Of course, as a concept, what we see today is not the vehicle that Audi will be selling when its all-electric SUV comes to market in "early 2018." Still, this pretty-in-blue design "provides a concrete foretaste" of the SUV that will hit the market, according to Ulrich Hackenberg, a member of the Audi Board of Management for Technical Development.
So, then, what's the E-Tron Quattro concept taste like? How about three electric motors (one up front, two on the rear axle) that offer a total output of 320 kW (429 horsepower) under normal circumstances and up to 370 kW (496 hp) using boost. The E-Tron Quattro's boost also offer's 590 pound-feet of torque.
All of that power is good enough to push the sleek concept to 100 kilometers per hour ( in 4.6 seconds. Top speed will be electronically limited to 210 km/h. This isn't Tesla ludicrous territory, but is should feel plenty peppy on the road.
As for charging, the concept offers a few ways to fill up the 95-kWh battery pack. There's the expected SAE Combo/Combined Charging System (CCS) outlet as well as wireless induction charging. Audi says that a 150-kW DC fast charger can fill up the pack in around 50 minutes, but good luck finding a plug that can handle that much power – even in 2018.