Audi has announced that its all-new pure electric SUV – which is hotly rumoured to be known as the Q6 e-tron – will have an electric driving range of “more than 500 kilometres”.
The news comes following an announcement from the brand that it will be working on new “powerful cell modules” from battery specialists LG Chem and Samsung SDI. The two South Korean companies are set to invest in the cell technology ahead of supplying Audi with high-range battery packs for future models from their respective European plants.
The crux of the story, though, is that Audi has confirmed the “new technology will give drivers of the Audi sport utility vehicle a range of more than 500 kilometres”. That’s about as much as you can get out of a Tesla Model S.
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Professor Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, member of the board of management of Audi AG for development, said the vehicle will combine “an emission-free drive system with driving pleasure”.
“We will optimally integrate the innovative cell modules developed with LG Chem and Samsung SDI into our vehicle architecture, thus achieving an attractive overall package of sportiness and range,” Hackenberg said.
According to Dr Bernd Martens, member of the board of management of Audi AG for procurement, the move will see more buyers enticed by electric vehicles.
“Together with our South Korean development partners, we are bringing production of the latest battery‑cell technology to the EU and strengthening European industry with this key technology,” said Martens.
The company claims the new “cell modules are to offer particularly high performance”, which Marten claims will “allow us to supply a technological solution that makes electric cars even more attractive for our customers”.
The new Audi Q6 is expected to hit production in 2018.