This past Summer, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz put their heads (and wallets) together and purchased the Nokia Here digital-mapping service. This was a savvy move to keep the technology away from companies like Apple and Uber and keeps in in the hands of zee Germans. Well, it turns out the German Big Three have decided to put competition aside for another moment and work together on new battery technology for upcoming electric vehicles.
The European Unions strict emissions and economy regulations are becoming even more stringent. This means European automakers must get cracking when it comes to developing more EVs. BMW already has the i3, which is doing quite well, and the Mercedes has its B Class. Audi has the A3 e-tron, but that isn’t a full EV. But each and every one of these automakers has an issue with range. So the three are going to work together on developing new battery technology help each other survive under strict new regulations.
The Audi e-tron Quattro Concept has an estimated range of 310 miles, far more than any EV SUV on its way, including the 250 mile Tesla Model X, so maybe Audi has a good jumping off point for the three. With BMW developing some seriously good EVs, Mercedes-Benz having made the awesome SLS Electric and Audi’s aforementioned upcoming e-tron Quattro Concept, these three companies have enough know-how and ability to make great strides in developing batteries that could change the way we look at electric vehicles.