Audi has announced its willingness to form partnerships with other car manufacturers to work together on a network of fast chargers.
This shouldn’t really come as a surprise taking into account Audi has plans to launch an al-electric SUV in 2018 that will likely be sold as the “Q6” and will be a follow-up to the e-tron quattro concept pictured here. With this new network of fast chargers, Audi wants to compete directly with Tesla’s Superchargers tailored to the Model S, Model X and next year’s Model III.
Speaking with reporters at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Audi’s boss of electric powertrain, Siegfried Pint, said “we will come up with a charging infrastructure in the U.S. and Europe at least, with the same plug.” He went on to specify the company’s full electric SUV in the highest trim will have a newly developed battery pack with a capacity of 95 kWh with a 150-kW charger. It will need just 30 minutes to reach an 80% recharge level.
While Tesla Motors has offered to allow cars from other automakers to use its network of Superchargers, Audi says they are not interested in this because Tesla uses a proprietary charging standard whereas most of the other automakers have the SAE Combo2 plug.
Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America, said the company is currently on the conversation stage and it hasn’t decided how to establish the network yet, but they do want to use common chargers.