Audi e-tron

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The prototype for its first all-electric model, production version due later this year.

Audi e-tron Concept

Audi unveiled the prototype for its first all-electric model at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The sporty SUV combines the space and comfort of a typical luxury car with a range suitable for everyday use. Until the start of series production, almost 250 development vehicles will complete testing under extreme conditions worldwide. Specially camouflaged prototypes kick off the chase for the most spectacular photos.

The Audi e-tron prototype offers a preview of the first all-electric model from the brand with the four rings. The camouflaged exterior conceals a sporty premium SUV with space for five people along with plenty of luggage - the space and comfort are similar to that of a typical Audi luxury class model. The range suitable for longer journeys and the comprehensive charging options allow customers to drive purely electrically without making compromises. The production version of the Audi e-tron prototype can fill up on electricity at fast-charging stations with up to 150 kW charging capacity. In just under 30 minutes, the SUV is then ready for the next leg of the long-distance journey. The electrical quattro catapults the four-wheel drive into a new age and ensures strong performance on any terrain. The production version of the Audi e-tron will be launched on the European market at the end of 2018. The car is produced at the carbon-neutral plant in Brussels.

"Audi sets an important milestone for the company's future with its first purely electrically powered model," said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. "In 2020 we will have three all-electric vehicles in our product range, with a four-door Gran Turismo - the production version of the Audi e-tron Sportback concept - and a model in the compact segment joining the sporty SUV. We will be launching more than 20 electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 2025 - spread across all segments and concepts," the Audi CEO explains.

Showcasing high-voltage technology: the design camouflage

The Audi e-tron prototype does not wear the traditional prototype camouflage, but instead illustrates its electrification with a specially developed design film. The distorted e-tron lettering stretches across the entire flank, as if it was charged with electricity. The "e" winds its way around the tailgate at the height of the front fender and is literally electrifying. Mimicking the high-voltage grid, orange elements illustrate the fact that the Audi e-tron prototype is fully electric - the lower part of the car, for example, is encircled with alternating orange and black segments. The expressive sills, with their colorful inserts, indicate where the battery and therefore energy center of the car are located.

Four continents, more than five million kilometers: testing under extreme conditions

Until the first electric model of the brand with the four rings is launched at the end of 2018, the sporty SUV will complete test drives on four continents. Whether in the cold of Scandinavia or the heat of Africa, in the mountainous altitudes of Asia or on the north loop of the Nürburgring, in the stop-and-go traffic of major Chinese cities or on American highways - the purely electrically powered SUV has to prove its all-round qualities in uncompromising practical tests under extreme conditions. Audi is testing the pre-series vehicles for customer-focused operation in all climate zones ranging from below -20 to above +50 degrees Celsius (-4° to +122° F). In addition, intensive tests of the charging technology are being conducted worldwide - an important safeguarding criterion for battery-electric models. The individual charging standards are tested on proving grounds and in public areas to validate the full range of different charging options. In total, just under 250 Audi e-tron prototypes are used in the tests. They will cover more than five million kilometers (3,106,856 mi) - roughly equivalent to 125 times around the earth and 85,000 hours on the road.

https://www.netcarshow.com/audi/2018-e-tron_concept/

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Wouldn't be surprised to see requests for that camo on production cars.
Looks cool.
 

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Audi shows off E-tron SUV in near production form

Audi’s first all-electric car is close to hitting the road, and the wraps came off the near production-ready E-tron prototype at the Geneva motor show on Tuesday.

The E-tron SUV offers a preview of the first fully electric model from the brand with the four rings, and the production version will go on sale in Europe at the end of 2018. The sporty premium SUV has space for five people along with plenty of luggage room, despite there being a large lithium-ion battery integrated into the floor of the passenger compartment.

The Geneva prototype vehicle is camouflaged with a specially developed design film with distorted E-tron lettering stretching across the entire flank, as if it was charged with electricity. This 'electrifying' wrap showcases the high-voltage drive system which powers both axles using quattro drive.

Oddly, Audi doesn’t quote any power outputs or performance figures but the vehicle is likely to be based on the running gear of the Audi E-tron quattro concept car of 2015, which had one electric motor driving the front axle, and two others on the rear axle for a total output of 320kW – good for a claimed 0-100km/h sprint in 4.6 seconds and an electronically governed 210km/h top speed.

Audi says the production E-tron will have a range “suitable for daily use” but doesn’t quote what distance it will achieve on a charge, though the 2015 concept vehicle had a quoted range of around 500km. The automaker says that at fast-charging stations the E-tron will be able to charge up for the next leg of a long-distance journey in just under 30 minutes.

Before going on sale the pre-series vehicles will complete test drives on four continents in extreme climate zones ranging from below -20 to above +50 degrees Celsius.

Audi has previously said that the E-tron SUV will cost about the same as a well-specced Audi A6.

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/late...f-e-tron-suv-in-near-production-form-13616490
 

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Audi E-tron: Geneva prototypes launched in 'fightback against I-Pace'

Marketing boss says Audi's first EV will be a "game-changer" for the brand; it's due to be revealed later this year with a 310-mile range

Audi has adopted the highly unusual tactic of unleashing four E-tron electric SUV prototypes to prowl the streets of Geneva in order to fight back against the launch of the Jaguar I-Pace.

“The E-tron will be a game-changer for Audi,” said marketing boss Bram Schot. “It’s our first electric model, and it's going to be a volume model.”

The production E-tron will be revealed at the Brussels motor show on 30 August, as the first of three battery electric vehicles (BEVs) that Audi will launch by 2021.

By 2025, the company promises to have 20 electrified models on sale, with half of those being BEVs.

Audi won’t yet talk production or sales numbers but says it has test-marketed the E-tron in two EU countries and reports potential demand for the model to be in the “double-digit thousands”.

The E-tron will have a range of models with different capacity battery packs and motor power outputs.

Audi has also raised the possibility of Audi Sport-tuned versions of the SUV. “The question is 'when?'” said Schot. “The electric powertrain gives really good performance, so the driving experience gives such a good feeling.”

E-tron models could also be sold on a monthly subscription, which would allow buyers to switch between different Audi models to suit particular driving demands. “We're actively looking at every option,”

Technical details

Audi has been using a 250-strong E-tron development fleet over the past year to rapidly build mileage and finalise the set-up of the EV.

The car's design looks to have been toned down compared with the 2015 E-Tron quattro concept (see gallery) that previewed it, with a slightly less butch front end and less raked rear windows. But the concept's light designs, which include a strip to connect the tail-lights, appear to have been retained.

The E-tron is predicted to have a range of at least 500km (311 miles) and is built on a development of the electrified platform that Porsche is using for its Mission E electric saloon. It's powered by three electric motors, with two driving the rear wheels and the other powering the fronts.

This set-up was used in the E-tron quattro concept, which was said to provide maximum combined outputs of 496bhp and 590lb ft, a 0-62mph time of 4.5sec and a restricted top speed of 131mph – a preview of what’s to come with the production model.

This set-up will also be used in Audi's second electric SUV model, which itself was previewed by the E-tron Sportback concept shown at the 2017 Shanghai motor show. This features a more swept-back design and will make it to market one year after the regular E-tron.

Audi has previously said the E-tron will “cost about the same as a well-specced Audi A6”, suggesting it will have an entry-level price of at least £60,000. The I-Pace is priced from £58,995.

On-sale date

Audi sales and marketing boss Dietmar Voggenreiter said that Audi has chosen to launch the E-tron in 2018 because battery technology is now mature enough to be able to offer a range of more than 500km (311 miles). This figure is “crucial”, he said, because consumers won’t accept less. Charging infrastructure is also now growing rapidly — another key reason for choosing a 2018 launch date.

“A 400-500km range must be possible and we must have a fast charging infrastructure,” said Voggenreiter. “Both things are coming in 2018. The battery energy density is there and there's already a lot of charging infrastructure in Europe, the US and Asia.”

Voggenreiter said Audi was involved through the Volkswagen Group with rival firms such as BMW, Daimler and Ford in ensuring that there’s a fast-charging network for longer-range electric vehicles to use.

“It’s not our job to invest in charging points,” he said. “We're pushing and organising this, though, and working with our partners on it.”

Voggenreiter referred to the ‘chicken and egg’ situation of limited charging infrastructure to date: there has been no need for third parties to install chargers because there are not enough cars to use them, and vice versa. “No cars, no infrastructure, but in the next two years there will be lots of investments,” he added.

First customer deliveries of the E-tron are scheduled for the beginning of 2019.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/...eneva-prototypes-launched-fightback-against-i
 

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Audi E-tron: deposits being taken for Jaguar I-Pace rival

Marketing boss says Audi's first EV will be a "game-changer" for the brand; it's due to be revealed later this year with a 310-mile range

Audi has opened order books for the E-tron electric SUV, with £1000 deposits being taken for its first bespoke electric vehicle.

First deliveries of the car aren't due until early 2019, although the car goes into production late this year. A production version will be revealed ahead of the car's official sales launch. Deposits also gain potential buyers access to Audi events.

Audi won’t yet talk production or sales numbers but says it has test-marketed the E-tron in two EU countries and reports potential demand for the model to be in the “double-digit thousands”

Audi adopted the highly unusual tactic of unleashing four E-tron prototypes to prowl the streets of Geneva in order to fight back against the launch of the Jaguar I-Pace.

“The E-tron will be a game-changer for Audi,” said marketing boss Bram Schot. “It’s our first electric model, and it's going to be a volume model.”

The production E-tron will be revealed at the Brussels motor show on 30 August, as the first of three battery electric vehicles (BEVs) that Audi will launch by 2021.

By 2025, the company promises to have 20 electrified models on sale, with half of those being BEVs.

The E-tron will have a range of models with different capacity battery packs and motor power outputs.

Audi has also raised the possibility of Audi Sport-tuned versions of the SUV. “The question is 'when?'” said Schot. “The electric powertrain gives really good performance, so the driving experience gives such a good feeling.”

E-tron models could also be sold on a monthly subscription, which would allow buyers to switch between different Audi models to suit particular driving demands. “We're actively looking at every option,” said Schot.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/...tron-deposits-being-taken-jaguar-i-pace-rival

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Audi E-tron to charge faster than Tesla Supercharger network

Audi has revealed more technical details of its electric E-tron SUV

Audi has revealed the production version of its E-tron electric SUV will be powered by a two-motor powertrain, 95kWh lithium-ion battery and capable of 150kWh DC fast-charging. The latter is claimed as a world first and is more rapid than the Tesla Supercharger network.

Releasing more technical details ahead of its launch in August, the E-tron was shown to the press at a Siemens heavy-duty electrical engineering test centre in Berlin, where the car was subjected to a symbolic 500kV test to ‘spark’ the car into life.

The exact output of each E-tron motor, however, remains a closely guarded secret, but it's expected to be a maximum of 160bhp with overboost — equivalent to around 120kW — to give a total peak output of around 320bhp or 240kW.

That also suggests the E-tron will be badged ‘55’ under Audi’s new naming system that has been introduced to put combustion-engined, hybrid and battery-powered electric vehicles on an even footing in the hierarchy.

“We have decided to keep the E-tron name and use it like quattro,” a source told Autocar. “The first of our sporty models was simply named the Audi Quattro. Our first all-electric car will simply be badged Audi E-tron.”

While powerful, the production E-tron’s output is less than the 496bhp quoted for the two concepts shown so far because those featured a three-motor powertrain with a single front motor and twin rear motors.

However, the choice of a twin-motor layout at launch paves the way for Audi to introduce a performance E-tron powered by three motors a couple of years later.

Details of the E-tron’s production lithium-ion battery pack have also been revealed for the first time.

Mounted in the floor, between the front and rear axles, to keep the centre of gravity as low as possible and maximise crash protection, the battery pack will use pouch-type cells packaged into 36 shoebox-sized models.

Each module contains 12 pouches, supplied either by LG Chem or Samsung, and each rated at 60Ah — that's higher than those used by both Nissan and Tesla.

The bulk of the modules are in a flat main casing, but some are housed in a supplementary ‘saddle’ casing above the main battery and under the rear seat.

The battery is not light, though, contributing at least 700kg to the E-tron’s kerb weight.

A key part of the battery is a water-based ‘lattice’ cooling system, bonded to the underside of the modules to maximise heat transfer and shedding heat through a conventional, front-mounted radiator. A second heat pump system with a plate heat exchanger — in effect an air-con system — can boost cooling or heating to keep the battery at its optimum operating range of 25-35deg C in extreme climates.

Charging at home or mainstream-roadside will be via an AC source and is rated at 11kW, although a 22kW charger will be on the options list.

The 150kW DC fast-charger — said to be capable of filling the battery to 80% capacity in 30 minutes — will be standard and takes advantage of the IONITY rapid-charge network being set up by a consortium of Europe’s car makers.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/...tron-charge-faster-tesla-supercharger-network

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Slippery new Audi e-tron to be offered with ‘virtual’ mirrors

Audi has released a few more details about its upcoming e-tron SUV, including confirmation that it will be offered with optional “virtual” side mirrors (presumably only in markets in which they have been deemed legal).

The Ingolstadt-based automaker says its Audi e-tron prototype has already recorded more than 1 000 hours on a test rig in “the world’s quietest vehicle wind tunnel” in an attempt to perfect the electric vehicle’s efficiency in readiness for the series production model.

The result, says Audi, is a drag coefficient of just 0,28 (which would make the e-tron the slipperiest SUV out there), helping it achieve a claimed range of more than 400 km on the new WLTP cycle.

The optional virtual side mirrors are far narrower than standard items, reducing the vehicle’s width by 150 mm and, thanks to their shape, cutting drag (and wind noise, according to Audi).

So, how do they work? Well, each of their flat supports integrates a small camera. The resulting captured images appear on OLED displays in the transition between the instrument panel and door. Audi says the virtual mirrors can be adapted for various driving situations, including motorway driving, turning and parking.

The standard adaptive air suspension also contributes to a reduction in drag, automatically lowering the body by up to an additional 26 mm at speeds above 120 km/h. The underbody of the SUV is fully enclosed, while a controllable cool-air inlet up front also helps to lower drag.

In addition, the side air inlets at the front of the vehicle incorporate additional ducts, which channel air past the outside of the aerodynamically optimised 19-inch alloys. The 255/55 tyres, says Audi, boast ultra-low rolling resistance, with even their sidewalls adding to the aerodynamic design since the lettering is indented rather than raised.

Audi is expected to reveal the production version of the e-tron at the end of August 2018.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news/slippery-new-audi-e-tron-offered-virtual-mirrors/

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Audi to debut wind-cheating ‘virtual’ mirrors

Car designers have long toyed with the idea of replacing conventional exterior mirrors with cameras, but until now no manufacturer has actually committed to making the idea workable for a production model.

That changes with the introduction of Audi’s fully-electric E-tron, which is expected to be revealed later this year.

Audi has just announced that the battery-powered SUV will mark the introduction of “virtual exterior mirrors”.

To be offered as an optional extra - probably carrying a hefty premium - the system replaces the exterior mirrors with camera housings, which are much smaller and aerodynamically optimised to reduce both drag and noise.

The cameras they house transmit their images to OLED displays positioned between the instrument panel and door.

These virtual mirrors can also be adapted to various driving situations, offering different views for parking, turning and driving on the open road.

It has yet to be seen how many countries will deem this legal though.

This, together with other innovations such as underbody dimples and an adaptive air suspension that lowers the body by up to 26mm at highway speeds, allow the new E-tron to achieve a drag coefficient of 0.28, which is quite commendable for an SUV.

Audi says the new SUV will have an “everyday range” of 400km between charges, and it is expected to cost about the same as a well-specced Audi A6 sedan.

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/audi-to-debut-wind-cheating-virtual-mirrors-15233183
 

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First ride: Audi e-tron 2018 prototype

Audi is nearing production readiness with its first electric SUV. We took a ride in a prototype e-tron to see how it compares to its plug-in rivals

The camouflage isn’t really fooling anyone. Indeed, Audi has actively courted people taking pictures of its new electrified SUV for social media, because the plug-in e-tron is a hugely significant model for the four-ringed brand.

Size-wise, the e-tron sits between Audi’s huge-selling Q5 and the Q7, it riding on a unique platform that’ll be used on future BEV models. Built in Belgium, at a dedicated Audi production line, the e-tron will be on sale in the UK early in 2019.

The 95kW battery pack, in combination with a pair of motors with a combined output of 265kW, promises both good performance and range. The 0-62mph sprint should take under six seconds, and top speed of around 124mph is achieved when switching to Sport via the automatic transmission selector, for maximum acceleration at a momentarily increased 300kW.

Other drive modes follow Audi’s usual offering via the Drive Select system. What is interesting that the e-tron retains settings for Offroad and Allroad, among the more familiar Comfort, Efficiency, Dynamic and Individual modes. Audi’s electric SUV might be intended to head off-road, but that definitely wasn't a part of our passenger route.

That Individual mode will be configurable, as will the electric drivetrain. The regenerative effect on the motor will also be variable, allowing sailing modes at speed, or heavy regeneration in town traffic and the possibility of driving with one pedal. There’s also a Hill Descent mode, underlining that off-road potential, while the air suspension raises if you need to straddle ditches, or lowers to be as economical as possible on your drive home.

The aerodynamics play a key role in the e-ton’s quoted 248 mile potential range, its 0.28 coefficient drag figure facilitated by the fitment of cameras in place of conventional exterior door mirrors. They will be optional, and in some countries not allowed for legal reasons, though Audi says it’s working on getting this new tech made legal worldwide. They use a pair of OLED screens positioned in the doors, warning of blind spots and displaying the indicators to the driver as well as acting as mirrors.

Their fitment increases the screen count in the e-tron’s interior to five, with the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster ahead of the driver, and a pair of stacked haptic touchscreens in the centre which ape those of the A6 and A7 in look and functionality - with the additional e-tron elements in its sub menus.

Certainly Audi’s claims of refinement are difficult to argue with, though the serenity of the experience isn’t so dissimilar to that of existing EV models at the town speeds we experienced it at from the passenger seat. Space is good, too, with four adults fitting comfortably and the boot offering 600 litres of stowage, supplemented by a 60-litre under bonnet stowage area for the charging cables.

Audi claims that, with a 150kW high voltage charger, the e-tron can be fully charged in as little as half an hour. A network of these chargers is coming, with some 200 areas promised on main routes through Europe - each with six chargers - over the next two years, and the number is expected to double by 2020. At home, owners will be looking at a charge time of around 8 hours from a typical high power wall box.

With the e-tron reaching customers early next year, Audi will continue to drip-feed the details of its plug-in model. First impressions from the passenger seat of this prototype reveal it’ll be a strong contender for class honours when it finally meets rivals from Tesla, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and others.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/first-ride-audi-e-tron-2018-prototype

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Wow, this thing looks awesome. It'll probably be expensive as hell when it comes to market, but in twenty years I suspect this sort of thing to be pretty standard.
 

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Wow, this thing looks awesome. It'll probably be expensive as hell when it comes to market, but in twenty years I suspect this sort of thing to be pretty standard.
Yes very pricey. Sits between the Q5 & Q7 size-wise but all that battery tech means it will cost a fair chunk more than any top-line Q5.
 

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Yes very pricey. Sits between the Q5 & Q7 size-wise but all that battery tech means it will cost a fair chunk more than any top-line Q5.
I'll bet that it will probably be more expensive than a Q7 as well. I'd guess R1.4m in today's money.
 

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Audi e-tron’s fancy cabin revealed … with five display screens!

Audi has released the first official images of its upcoming e-tron’s cabin, which boasts as many as five display screens. While the Ingolstadt-based automaker still technically describes the vehicle as a “prototype”, it’s surely close to the production model, which is expected to be unveiled at the end of August 2018.

The three primary screens in the e-tron are the virtual cockpit, an infotainment display and one for the climate control. The other two (seven-inch OLED) displays are found on the driver and passenger doors, and are connected to cameras that replace the side mirrors. Audi has already confirmed that these “virtual” side mirrors will be optional, although it remains to be seen in which markets they will be deemed legal.

The cabin furthermore features a Bang & Olufsen 3D premium sound system, which boasts 16 speakers and a 705 watt amplifier.

In terms of materials, the e-tron employs Valcona leather with yellow contrast stitching, as well as plenty of dark brushed aluminium trim. Options inside include orange contrast stitching and orange piping, while ambient lighting will also be offered.

Audi has furthermore confirmed that the electric vehicle will boast a wheelbase of 2 928 mm, providing “ample space for five occupants and their bags”.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news/audi-e-trons-fancy-cabin-revealed-with-five-display-screens/

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The first all-electric Audi - REVIEW Audi e-tron Interior & driving impression - Autogefühl

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Audi e-tron to boast ‘boost mode’! Peak outputs revealed

Been wondering about the technical specifications of the upcoming Audi e-tron? Well, the Ingolstadt-based automaker has finally spilled the beans, while also revealing that its electric SUV will boast a “boost mode”.

Fitted with two electric motors, Audi says the e-tron will deliver 265 kW and 561 N.m, with this “peak performance” available for up to 60 seconds.

But shifting from “D” to “S” and fully depressing the accelerator will activate what the brand calls “boost mode”, which will be available for just eight seconds. Here, peak outputs briefly rise to 300 kW and 664 N.m, allowing for a claimed zero to 100 km/h sprint in “less than six seconds”.

Audi says the vehicle will be able to accelerate from standstill to its electronically limited top speed of 200 km/h “several times consecutively without output losses”.

On the new WLTP test cycle, it will cover more than 400 km on one battery charge, thanks in part to its energy recuperation system. In fact, the German brand says that every kilometre travelled downhill will bring an additional kilometre in range.

Three different recuperation modes are used: manual coasting recuperation using the shift paddles, automatic coasting recuperation via the predictive efficiency assist, and brake recuperation.

The Audi e-tron is expected to be fully revealed in September 17.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news/audi-e-tron-boast-boost-mode-peak-outputs-revealed/

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