310 Mile Audi e-tron Quattro Concept Revealed, Production in 2018 (w/videos)

SEP 15 2015 BY MARK KANE 54

Audi e-tron quattro concept

Audi e-tron Quattro Concept (click to enlarge)

Audi has unveiled its all-new electric SUV concept the e-tron Quattro Concept at the 2015 Frankfurt IAA .

The actual production version of this model can’t come soon enough, and is expected to hit the market in 2018 with range of more than 500 kilometers (311 miles).

A Tesla-style battery pack holds 95 kWh under the floor.

As we learned earlier, an AWD drivetrain setup can be found in the e-tron Quattro similar to R8 e-tron – 2 motors for the rear wheels and a single motor for the front axle. Total peak power is 370 kW.

Top speed is limited to just 210 km/h (130.5 mph), although acceleration is great with 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds.

Audi e-tron quattro concept

Audi e-tron Quattro Concept

To achieve a claimed record drag coefficient in the SUV segment of 0.25 cd, Audi got rid of the side mirrors, added retractable handles and at 80 km/h (49.7 mi) launches the magic:

“…electrically actuated aerodynamic elements on the engine hood, the flanks and at the rear end direct the flow of air as needed to improve the flow through and around the vehicle. This is one example of the intensive development work in the wind tunnel. Wind noise is low on board the car, and there are no engine noises in an electric car in any case. The fascination of electric driving unfolds in near total silence.”

Audi e-tron Quattro Hits The Stage In Germany!

Audi e-tron Quattro Hits The Stage In Germany!

Audi Gets Serious About All-Electric Vehicles In Germany!

Audi Gets Serious About All-Electric Vehicles In Germany!

Cool thing is that 150 kW DC charging is onboard using the combo standard in less than an hour.

Audi Wireless Charging technology for contactless induction charging to also be available.

Only 4 seats? We are not sure yet – but it seems that way.

“The package of the Audi e‑tron quattro concept enables a spacious, comfortable interior for four persons”


  • more than 500 kilometers (310.7 miles)
  • AWD 370 kW peak (2 motors for the rear wheels and single motor for the front axle)
  • over 800 Nm (590 lb-ft)
  • Top speed 210 km/h (130.5 mph)
  • acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds
  • drag coefficient 0.25 cd
  • 615 liters (21.7 cu ft) of luggage
  • AC, DC combo charging (up to 150 kW in 50 minutes) and wireless charging
Audi e-tron quattro concept Interior

Audi e-tron quattro concept Interior

Video (below): Audi video on the e-tron Quattro – studio videography first, then on-road footage

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, Technical Development, beside the concept car Audi e-tron quattro at the Volkswagen Group Night (IAA) in Frankfurt.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, Technical Development, beside the concept car Audi e-tron quattro at the Volkswagen Group Night (IAA) in Frankfurt.

Audi e-tron quattro concept - Electric drivetrain with up to 370 kW

Audi e-tron quattro concept – Electric drivetrain with up to 370 kW

Audi e-tron quattro concept - New aerodynamic concept with moveable aerodynamic parts

Audi e-tron Quattro Concept – New aerodynamic concept with moveable aerodynamic parts

Full Audi Press Blast:

Audi e-tron quattro concept

Audi e-tron quattro concept

Audi e-tron quattro concept: Electric driving pleasure with no compromises

  • A foretaste of the production version: The electric-powered Audi e-tron quattro concept
  • Range of more than 500 kilometers (310.7 mi) for full everyday usability
  • New concept combines aerodynamics and creative design solutions

Flow-enhanced design with a drag coefficient of 0.25; a powerful, all-electric e-tron quattro drive with up to 370 kW – Audi is presenting the Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Motor Show (IAA) 2015 in Frankfurt. The car is the company’s statement about the future of electric mobility: It is sporty, efficient and suitable for everyday use.

Audi e-tron quattro concept Design Sketch

Audi e-tron quattro concept Design Sketch

Audi e-tron quattro concept

Audi e-tron quattro concept

The concept car Audi e-tron quattro at the Volkswagen Group Night (IAA) in Frankfurt.

The concept car Audi e-tron quattro at the Volkswagen Group Night (IAA) in Frankfurt.

Some more videos on the Audi e-tron Quatto:

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54 Comments on "310 Mile Audi e-tron Quattro Concept Revealed, Production in 2018 (w/videos)"

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I would like to see that in a GolfWagon or an AudiA4 All-road!

Looks better than a Tesla X with its goofy proportions. From the rear, this Audi almost looks like a Lincoln.

Agree, this is much much better looking than Tesla X!

However it is not a seven seater and still 3 years away. But at these pricelevels emotion counts very much. So it has too look fantastic.

Hope Tesla changes the final design of the X to make it look better


I don’t know. The front grill makes it look like a gas car……but I could get over that is someone would buy it for me. 🙂

I agree it almost looks like a Lincoln. To me, though, that’s not a good thing.

It’s not competing with tesla x – it’s competing with model s. It’s a four seater not a 7 seat minivan, the oversize comes from the battery.

I love it I love the solar panels on the roof I wish my leaf had them

The extra weight from the panel will negate any benefits that you get from it.

In Addition, just how many cars will they make and where will they get the storage devices from be them batteries or something else?

Really? Please show us your assumptions, numbers, and calculations. How much does the panel add to the weight of the vehicle? How much energy does it produce?

If by “worth it” you’re talking about energy efficiency (extra energy due to the weight of the panel vs. the energy delivered by the panel) then I think you’ll need a pretty extreme set of assumptions to make the panel a losing proposition.

Please note: I’m not trying to be sarcastic or argumentative. I’m genuinely interested in how you reached that conclusion.

It is not the weight it is the cost per watt vs the energy you will get out of it over the life time of the car. It is wiser to spend this money on something else or even better to save it.

Remember that the sun has to be hitting the panel perfectly so as to get a good amount of energy from it. If they even cover the whole car including the transparent windows with the new transparent solar cells that has efficiency of 12% it will not be a good idea.

In a way this limited efficiency is a blessing because if it was 100% efficient then we would have been dead a long time ago. The sun radiates 1kWh for every square meter. In some countries more. So imagine if you have a device producing this amount energy and you are unable to safely store it then it will be a problem.

Weight of solar panel will have little effect when it is sitting in the parking lot charging itself. And the weight should be similar to the panoramic glass roofs used by other manufacturers.

A few stories up, we see VW showed a concept Tiguan with a solar roof they claim will provide “up to” 1000 km of additional driving range “under ideal conditions” in southern Europe. I did a back of the envelope calculation (see my comment on the Tiguan story if you want to see it) and that number seems plausible, that is if you are willing to accept the “up to” range numbers VW provides to begin with.

As for whether the solar roof makes cost/benefit sense for the vast majority of owners, the answer is almost certainly “no”.

The sun gives us about 1 kW per square meter under optimal conditions so even if the panels were of 100% efficiency it would take several weeks to fill the battery just once. Solar panels on cars don’t work, just drop it.

The solar panel on the roof is this not only to activate a small fan to keep inside of car coller (not as hot) when parked under the sun ?? Of course such panel will NEVER make a difference in actually charging this car battery.

But it could keep the charge level!

Here’s proof you can get something at least as efficient as the X, if not more so, without making a car that looks like a fat woman in leggings.

So the Model X seats 7 and the Audi e-tron Quattro seats 4. Somehow it is Telsa’s fault that their CUV is bigger and fatter? What, Musk is supposed to bend the laws of physics?

The Model X looks “like a pregnant Model S” because it has more interior room than a Model S. It supposed to fit 7 full-sized adults. How is that supposed to be smaller than Audi’s CUV version of a 4-seater (Chevy Spark anyone)?

I may think it is excessive (give me a 200-mile Leaf wagon or an electric version of Mazda 5 and I’m happy). But let’s compare apples and apples. The e-tron is not in the same class as the model X.

The huge difference between the two is that the Tesla Model X is real. You can throw numbers and prices but based on what? 2018?C’mon! Volkswagen group (VW) = VaporWare, especially Audi. If this is a Tesla killer like the R8 e-tron, don’t worry Elon. He’s probably laughing and saying something like: “I love to make them try just to see them realize it won’t be that easy to catch up”. And where is the 150kw infraestructure to charge this one?? At the same price and characteristics, would you trade the ability to supercharge for the looks of a non-Tesla car? Compare the Model S now with the first prototype: autopilot, dual motor AWD, more performance, more range, software upgrades,… imagine the situation in 2018: Audi launches a downgraded Q6 while the model X has been 3 years in the market with its software and hardware upgrades. A concept car should show an improvement on functionality, performance, tech & looks over what’s in the market and this Q6 is worse than Model X in everything (aesthetics are very subjective). 4 seats for a 5m car? Anyone feels like the new Tiguan and this Q6 have very similar looks? Maybe it’s… Read more »

I would wait for EPA numbers first for sure (also keep in mind the Audi has a larger pack), but the Model X is a 7 seater, while this is a 4 seater. If Tesla made a 4 seater CUV (Model Y as rumored?) I’m pretty sure the efficiency would be far better than the Model X.

“. . . looks like a fat woman in leggings.”

I think you meant to say L’eggs, not leggings. 😉


Ugly nosecone. Very conservative styling. Hour recharge time. 4 seater. So German.

Not sure it will be where the market is moving, by the time they finally release it.

If they finally release it, that is.

Yes, the retro grille is way to ugly for me. Why are all these automakers sticking with an ICE-age grille for electric cars? I won’t buy one unless they come up with a sleeker front end i.e. grille-less!

Production version will for sure have 5 seats (option).

“For sure”?

I do not think that phrase means what you think it means. Unless you know something Audi doesn’t know, about Audi’s plans.

Honestly, I’m not sure what to make of these vaporcar announcements. Porsche will have an EV that goes 9,000 MPH and can travel 1,000 miles on a set of D cells… sometime in the future, they’ll get back to use. Then there’s this Audi promised for 2018. And the Bolt, which I suspect will change almost as much from concept to retail product as the Volt did.

I now get excited by such things only when we’re very close to a confirmed availability date, say, within 6 months. And even then, it’s worth being cautious as some very important details, like the battery pack size and price, can change at the last minute.

Agreed. I get excited when I see one on the road.

It looks like Elon finally got the reaction of the established car manufacturers like he wanted.

Now we can start to see the next chapter with the emolution taking place between them towards better and better ev cars.

By the time all of these “me too” companies actually make something Tesla will have eaten half of their large car sales.

With their ~150 sales per month in Germany, Tesla is a niche like Ferrari and no competition.

You are right, in a average sight, it’s not a lot, but it would be an error to despise it. In fact, this appears to me as unfair judgement, as this compares a young foreign company in Germany (3 years),with a new technology than average customers looks with a very big grain of salt (to say the least), against the most well known and appreciate German premium car makers, with a century history in all the world. But things are moving, slowly but steady. Last year Tesla sold 814 cars there, but until the end of august they already sold 828. In June, they sold 224 cars, ahead of all EV cars, but most importantly ahead of Panamera or BMW6, but halfway of mainstream Audi A7 and Mercedes E Class, so it’s halfway to have the job done! In Denmark,it’s already at the ahead of it’s segment, with mainstream Audi A6 behind it. In Switzerland it’s ahead of every EV and BMW 5 and Audi A6. In Austria it’s out sailing big German premiums cars too. And for the last, but not the least, in Norway, in June the Model S become the second most sailing car in the GENERAL… Read more »

In case you haven’t noticed, Germany is not exactly Tesla’s biggest market, so that’s a pretty poor example.

Here in Vancouver (and I believe quite a few other large North American cities), Tesla is outselling many of the big luxury brands in their segment – Lexus, Mercedes, etc.

You can throw the range prediction out the window since going mirrorless is a concept only feature. I am also guessing the 500 km was on the Euro cycle.

The 95 kWh is most likely good for 250 – 275 EPA miles. Still great, but short of the press numbers.

Oh yes, things are starting to happen now! 2018 is going to be a great year for EVs.
Tesla got what they wanted, they produced an awesome car to kick start the EV revolution so once the other manufacturers saw what can be done they want a piece of the action too. Tesla showed that the technology for making great EVs are not in the future but is here now.
Mass production will make sure that batteries will drop in price faster which will make cars even better and cheaper before soon.

Seating for 4?! Like a Volt? Bonkers… :oP

It is good Audi (VW actually) makes an effort but again another expensive BEV is not going to make sale numbers that will matter. I just hope this technology they are develloping will soon be seen in an improved Mitsu Outlander type of PHEV. Meaning a car around $35K with a 20Kwh battery and a ICE for practicality. That would sale in numbers that we would actually notice (more than 100K a year for ex.)

So 310 miles on NEDC specs means about 210 miles of EPA range. That’s terrible with 95 kWh of battery and 4 seat capacity. It has less cargo and people capacity than a Model S.

I think that is not accurate because I think that the model s have a 320 miles range in the NEDC and a 270 miles in the EPA.

different things

Those stupid German engineers use permanent magnetic motors which means their EPA miles will be much worse than nedc miles

The Leaf and Volt and ELR and SparkEv also use PM motors. Better efficiency than induction, and less trouble at high speed.

Not true at all.


Written by Wally Rippel. If you don’t know who that is, you should look it up.

and their nedc range is much worse than EPA range

The factor with the Leaf is 0.7… so that’s 217 mpg EPA. Given that it’s Audi and its components are closer to Nissan/Renault, I’d guess a lower EPA than a higher EPA.

using PM motors
factor should be at least 0.7 under EPA

310 miles in 2018 for 90.000 Dollar when everybody says Bolt will have 200 miles next year…

I agree Bolt is more important than this for car electrification. However what strucks me is that GM is preparing a single BEV, no other PHEV besides the 2016 Volt, and on top of that with very limited ambitions (planning to sale only 30K of them per year). I think issue is gas is just too cheap in the US. Have that liquid taxed at 75% like in Europe and you will see more commitment from car makers.

Is it actually cost of fuel that’s driving things in Europe? In the end, I thought other taxes and regulations were more influential, such as zero-emission inner cities and greatly reduced road tax for zero-emission vehicles. I thought the structure of these taxes and regulations was the reason for the proliferation of European vehicles with what seems, to Americans, seems like laughably low AER. They just have to get the AER high enough to qualify for preferential treatment.

Different countries in Europe have different incentives, so it is hard to give single answer. Some counties, like Norway, have incentives limited to BEVs only. Many countries have taxes based on CO2 emission levels, and with the NEDC test methods even a short AER can greatly reduce CO2 rating.

“GM is preparing … no other PHEV besides the 2016 Volt”


So not “no other”, but certainly far from the 20 plug-in models that VWAG is preparing.


VW has claimed for sometime that they’ve MADE more EV models than any other company. So what? they only sell the EGOLF here.

Less talk and more action, please. Its very un-vw-like for them to brag about all the cars they’ve designed but don’t make.

True. But the US is not VW’s largest market. I believe China is largest for them. We are a distant third, if I’m not mistaken. So I’m willing to cut them some slack on the cars delivered to the US. As long as they are actually selling them somewhere. It turns out that China is on the same earth we are, breathing from the same atmosphere. We’re all in this together.

They only sell the e-Golf in a small handful of states here. FTFY.

I feel that everyweek, we have a news from a luxury car maker (often Audi), that basically say that they are going hard to do in 3 years what Tesla is doing today…