Porsche may have its eyes set on the Tesla Model S with the Mission E concept, but Audi may be the first to rival the new Model X crossover. Audi just unveiled its new e-tron quattro concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Audi describes the concept, which has an impressive driving range of over 300 miles, as “electric driving pleasure with no compromises.” The vehicle previews Audi’s all-electric Q6 e-tron SUV, which will arrive in early 2018.
The Audi e-tron quattro concept is powered by three electric motors, one that drives the front axle and two others that power the rear. The electric motors generate a total 429 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Tesla has proven electric cars can keep up with the best sports cars and the same goes for the Audi e-tron quattro, which reaches 62 mph in a very fast 4.6 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 131 mph.
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The e-tron quattro’s electric motors get their power from a large lithium-ion battery that’s integrated in the floor of the passenger compartment, which helps give the SUV a low center of gravity. The 95 kWh battery gives the e-tron quattro concept a driving rage over 310 miles and a full charge with DC electrical current at a charging column with an output of 150 kW takes just around 50 minutes. The e-tron quattro can also be recharged using contactless induction charging.
“Audi will present an all-electric, luxury-class sport SUV in early 2018. The Audi e‑tron quattro concept provides a concrete foretaste of this,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Audi Board of Management for Technical Development. “It combines driving pleasure with great range, an expressive design and excellent comfort.”
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