With the Volkswagen Group wanting to build 2 to 3 million electric cars by 2025, Audi, one of their companies, is leading the charge with some exciting new electric vehicle projects. One of which, the Audi A9 e-tron, has recently been confirmed to be put into production and up for sale in 2020.
The German automaker says that the vehicle will be equipped with a ‘level 4’ autonomous driving system – up one level from the 2018 Audi A8, which is expected to have a level 3 system.
Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi AG, has confirmed that the, unofficially named, Audi A9 e-tron will go into production in 2020 – via Autocar
“By 2020 we will have three EV’s in the line-up and that we’ll start with the production version of the e-tron quattro concept car, which will have a range of up to 500km. And by 2025, 25% of our line-up will be battery driven models.”
Some key specifications that Audi says will be in the A9 e-tron are below:
- 95 kwh battery yielding 500 km (311 miles) of range
- An 11 kw inductive charging plate option that will be offered
- Mostly aluminum structure
- All-wheel drive. 3 electric motors (one up front, two in rear) for a total of 429 bhp, and a sport mode to boost it to 496 bhp and 590 lb ft torque temporarily
- 0-100 khm (0-62 mph) in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 211 kmh (131 mph)
- Level-4 autonomous driving technology
One main difference that Stefan Knirsch, head of Audi R&D, said would make the A9 e-tron unique are the motors and how they’re tuned. While many EVs have used synchronous motors, the electronic torque vectoring in their asynchronous drive-trains will, reportedly, “offer higher efficiency levels than synchronous motors.”
Featured image: Audi A8, as we do not have an official rendering or photo of an A9. The two should share similar design elements.