Utilizing battery cells from LG Chem as well as Samsung SDI, Audi has announced that it is planning to produce a fully electric SUV with 311 miles (500 kilometers) of range. If that wasnâ€™t enough to get you sitting up much straighter in your chair, Audi says that it will actually be putting the battery modules together itself.
I think this clearly puts Audi (and mother company Volkswagen) up there with just a few other automakers for itsÂ seriousness when it comes to electrification. Aside from Tesla, only General Motors (GM) has announced a long-range all-electric model, the Chevy Bolt.Nissan has made it clear that it is soon going to announce one as well, though. Volkswagen hinted at it a couple of times, but it has been the most vague of the few automakers mixing the terms or concepts â€œlong-rangeâ€ and â€œall-electric.â€
Considering that it will be an SUV and will have 311 miles of range, far more than the 200 miles that other â€œlong-rangeâ€ electric vehicles are targeting (i.e., the Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model 3, and a long-range Nissan), Iâ€™m guessing Audi is going to price this in the premium category. Presumably, it wonâ€™t go so high as to â€œcompeteâ€ with the Model X â€” who can compete with the falcon-wing doors, â€œspectacularâ€ second-row seats, and Tesla performance? So, my guess is that it will either be priced a bit lowerâ€¦ or will simply sit on the lower end of the sales tables.
While this is big news, itâ€™s also vague news. Audi hasnâ€™t provided a date for launch of this vehicle, and previous announcement have noted it would be sometime in 2018, three years from now. Nonetheless, it is still a bit exciting to see Audi stating that it will be the one putting together its battery modules, and officially announcing an impressive 311 miles of range (of course, what it actually pinpointed was the very round number of 500 kilometers).
â€œTogether with our South Korean development partners, we are bringing production of the latest batteryâ€‘cell technology to the EU and strengthening European industry with this key technology,â€ stated Dr.Â BerndÂ Martens, Member of the Board of Management of AUDIÂ AG for Procurement. The cell modules are to offer particularly high performance. â€œThis will allow us to supply a technological solution that makes electric cars even more attractive for our customers.â€
â€œWith our first batteryâ€‘electric Audiâ€‘SUV, we are combining an emissionâ€‘free drive system with driving pleasure,â€ said Prof.Â Dr.Â UlrichÂ Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of AUDIÂ AG for Development. â€œWe will optimally integrate the innovative cell modules developed with LGÂ Chem and SamsungÂ SDI into our vehicle architecture, thus achieving an attractive overall package of sportiness and range.â€
Originally published on EV Obsession.