Tesla’s Model S and Model X are soon going to have some serious competition.
Last September, Audi revealed its all-electric e-tron quattro concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The SUV, which is slated to go into production by 2018, will have three electric motors, a range of 310 miles on a single charge, and quick charging capabilities.
Here’s a look at some of the features in the e-tron quattro that we hope to see in the production version.
Like the e-tron concept, Audi will most likely include piloted driving technology in its upcoming all-electric SUV.
The e-tron quattro concept has piloted driving technology, which uses radar sensors, a video camera, ultrasonic sensors, and a laser scanner to collect data about the car’s environment and create a model of the vehicle’s surroundings in real-time.
Audi currently has a lot of this tech in its newer vehicles, so it’s likely we will see a more advanced piloted system in the production version of the e-tron quattro.
Cameras could replace side view mirrors.
The e-tron quattro has curved displays built into the front section of the doors that lets the driver view what is around them. There’s no guarantee we’ll see this in the production version, but automakers are beginning to experiment with new kinds of mirror designs.
It will likely be covered in screens.
The e-tron quattro concept features two touch displays in the cockpit, one to the driver’s left to control lights and the piloted driving systems and one to the right where media and navigation is controlled.
The center console has two more OLED displays for climate control and infotainment.
With its 95 kWh battery, the e-tron quattro has an impressive range of 310 miles on a single charge.
To put that into perspective, Tesla’s Model X SUV with all wheel drive and a 100kWh battery has a range of 289 miles on a single charge. Audi has already said its range will beat this.
It may be able to fully charge in just 50 minutes.
We know the production version will have quick charging capabilities, but we don’t know exactly how fast it will work. However, we’re hoping it’s in line with the e-tron quattro concept’s charge time.
The concept car has a Combined Charging System (CCS), meaning it can be charged with a DC or AC electrical current. It can fully charge with a DC current outputting 150 kW in just about 50 minutes.
The e-tron quattro concept is equipped with induction charging technology, so it can be charged wirelessly over a charging plate.
We can’t say if this is a definite feature the production version will have, but our fingers are crossed.
It will have super fast connectivity.
Audi announced at CES this year that it is the first automaker to support the latest standard for mobile communications: LTE Advanced.
LTE Advanced is the latest enhancement to LTE, meaning that it can deliver larger and faster wireless data payloads than 4G LTE. We can almost certainly expect to see the technology integrated into the upcoming production car.