British media is suggesting Audi is currently working on a new electric vehicle which will likely serve as a Tesla Model S rival. Auto Express is saying that the company’s technical development boss Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg has confirmed this news and the model will feature the technology developed for the R8 e-tron quattro which never made it as a production model. He went on to say that this won’t be a sportscar but he did mention the vehicle in question is being developed and will be out sometime in 2017.
Audi’s Tesla Model S rival will be a family car set to offer a maximum range of up to 280 miles (450 km) and it’s not known at this moment whether it will join the firm’s existing range or it will be badged as an entirely different model. The respectable range is possible thanks to the adoption of next-gen electric motors and batteries benefiting from a higher power density.
According to Head of Powertrain Development at the Volkswagen Group, Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neußer, the electric motors are five times more efficient compared to the ones installed in the e-Golf. The Tesla Model S rival from Audi will enable the use of bigger and more powerful batteries thanks to the sedan body style offering more room for storage the hardware beneath the floor without taking up space from the trunk or cabin.
Note: Audi A6 Hybrid pictured.