Posted 12/17/15 in News by Steve
Audi unveiled a prototype all-electric SUV with a 300-mile range as well as announcing a network of DC charging stations at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2015.
The SUV prototype is projected to be available in 2018. Featuring a 95 kWh battery pack, the SUV will be Audi's first all-electric vehicle and will have a range of more than 300 miles. Power from the SUV's three electric motors will be applied to the road via the company's famous Quattro all-wheel drive system. The company also said it will be the least expensive premium battery SUV available. Few other details were available.
The SUV was onstage during a press conference held during the show in which Audi of America President Scott Keogh outlined the brand's future electric vehicle plans. Keogh said Audi will support the broad adoption of EV technology in the US by developing a nationwide 150 kW fast charging network. This network will allow their all-electric prototype SUV to be capable of cross-country travel. The network will charge the 95 kWh battery pack of the SUV to 80% in 30 minutes. That's enough for 200 miles worth of driving in the SUV. Although little other information was given about the network, it's clear Audi plans to have a robust nationwide charging network to rival the Tesla Supercharger network. Audi says it is committed to the costs and the network will be operational by the launch of the SUV in 2018.
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