Audi issued a press release today to announce that it will unveil the all-electric e-tron quatro concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month (IAA 2015 will run from September 17 to 27, 2015). Audi released some new information about the concept, which they expect to go on sale in 2018.
The company also released several new drawings of the quattro – see below.
The e-tron quattro has a “range of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles)”. It’s important to consider that Audi is based in Germany, meaning that they mostly based their range on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), which is known to be less restrictive than the EPA standard.
For example, Tesla’s Model S 85D gets 270 EPA rated miles, but 330 NEDC rated miles. It’s something to keep in mind, but nonetheless, the quattro has one great thing going for it in term of mileage, it has a 0.25 drag coefficient, which is a record for the SUV segment according to Audi.
The car manufacturer recently announced a battery supply agreement with LG Chem and SDI Samsung. Audi is developing the battery modules for its electric lineup with the 2 Korean tech giants.
Audi described the battery pack of the quattro as something similar to Tesla’s “skateboard” design:
The large lithium-ion battery is positioned between the axles and below the passenger compartment. This installation position provides for a low center of gravity and a balanced axle load distribution. And that gives the car better driving dynamics and driving safety than other vehicles in the segment.
Here’s a few drawings of the concept: