Audi recently debuted its e-tron Quattro Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The e-tron Quattro was originally planned as a concept and could possibly turn into something of an Audi Q6, a fully electric SUV to slot between the Q5 and Q7. It turns out that Audi feels that it’s much more than a concept and is very close to a production vehicle.
According to Auto Express, Dr Rudiger Chmielewski recently spoke about the e-tron Quattro Concept and how it will debut as a fully production ready car in 2018. The final production version of the car would looks nearly identical to the Concept we saw in Frankfurt and will have the same range and powertrain that was originally advertised. This means the electric powertrain from the Audi R8 e-tron and a 310 mile range.
Chmielewski claims that Audi underwent several design clinics, in both Germany and the United States, to come to the current design of the e-tron Quattro. “We have found the right height”, said Dr Chmielewski. “You will find this in the exterior. You’ll also find the headlight pattern in all our electric cars.” According to Auto Express. Audi’s Matrix OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) lights debuted on the concept and will make it to the final product. These lights are incredibly small and thin, meaning that their shape and configuration are infinitely variable and they don’t require reflectors.
Another cool design feature of the e-tron Quattro is its flush door handles. “The flush door handles will feature, too” says Chmielewski. “A lot of heart went into these. We hope we can use them with rear view cameras.” The rear view cameras would require some changes in legislation, especially in the US where it seems like almost nothing is allowed.
The only issue with the e-tron Quattro Concept, and it’s really an issue with all EVs, is the recharging. Its 310 mile range is far more than anyone would normally need throughout the course of a day, but the lack of a proper charging network is still quite an issue. However, Chmielewski seems to believe that problem will be rectified by the time the e-tron Quattro debuts. “By the time we launch the e-tron, we will have a fast charge network in Germany. An 80 per cent charge will take 30 minutes. The success of a model like this will depend on the infrastructure.” Auto Express also claims that Audi is working on wireless induction charging for home use.
It’s quite exciting to think that the final product (whatever Audi ends up naming it) will look as fantastic as the e-tron Quattro Concept. It’s one of the most exciting concept cars to come out in a very long time and one of the most promising as well. Hopefully, Audi is correct in that charging networks will already be implemented by the time this e-tron Quattro debuts. If so, Audi could have one of the best EVs on the market.