Audi’s technical development chief Ulrich Hackenberg has announced the Audi Q7 e-tron will be getting an optional inductive charging system. Developed to make recharging significantly easier, the system will consist of a base plate on which the hybrid full-size SUV will park to recharge the batteries. Initially, the system will provide 3.6 kWh of charging and then it will be upgraded to 7.2 kWh, but Hackenberg says Audi already has ideas to increase capacity.
There is a downside as Hackenberg says producing the charger will cost Audi more than €1,000 which means it won’t come cheap for the end user, with retail pricing depending greatly on volume and demand. Hopefully, manufacturing costs will decrease with time and Audi will be able to offer the system at a lower price tag.
Aside from getting an inductive charging system, the Audi Q7 e-tron will eventually benefit from a self-parking system that will allow the vehicle to be accurately aligned with the induction charging plate. It’s not known at this point when the system will be offered on a production model, but we do know Audi previewed the technology back in January at CES.