Audi Plans All-Electric SUV for 2018 Production
Published: August 19 2015 By @elanmcafee
With the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show fast approaching, Audi is certainly doing its best to generate interest in its brand. It recently released teaser photos of its first planned electric vehicle (EV), an SUV that should give the Tesla Model X a run for its money. Experts in the industry postulate that this e-tron quattro concept will be called the Q6 and begin production in 2018.
In addition to teasing a few pictures, Audi released some limited details about this upcoming addition to its family of production vehicles. The Q6 (or whatever it is ultimately called) will gain its power from three motors. One of these electric motors will be located on the front axle with the other two on the rear axle, using a setup not unlike the R8 sports car. The reports on this SUV thus far suggest it will produce around 500 hp and 517 pounds-per-feet of torque.
With the Tesla Model S out and gaining significant attention among EV enthusiasts and the Model X expected to release in 2018 as well, Audi is setting up its first all-electric SUV to be extremely competitive. The Tesla Model S has a range of about 270 miles, and the Model X is expected to have an even smaller range of between 170 and 230 miles. Audi's planned SUV will ostensibly trump both Tesla models with the ability to go 310 miles on a single charge.