Audi Exploring Solid-State Tech For Electric Supercar

JUN 15 2018 BY DOMINIK WILDE 8

Hopefully it’ll do better than the last electric supercar from Audi, which was mostly a dud.

Audi is exploring possibilities for a new supercar which will replace its second-generation R8. One possibility is an all-electric car that uses solid-state batteries to go up against the Rimac C_Two and the proposed new Tesla Roadster.

In an interview with Australian outlet Motoring, Audi’s head of product communication, Peter Oberndorfer, apparently revealed that the electric performance car is on the table.

‘We are considering everything at the moment but I personally believe we need a little bit more battery development,’ Oberndorfer said when asked about an electric supercar.

‘Our development boss Peter Mertens is speaking of solid-state batteries, which are still a few years away, but I think it would be an advantage if it will be developed, so that batteries are getting lighter and need less space,’ he said. ‘There is some progress with lithium-ion but I think the real progress will come maybe with solid-state or something similar.’

Audi has already tried to introduce an electric superar – the R8 e-tron came out in 2015 but was pulled from sale after less than a year. The e-tron provided no better performance than the Tesla Model S which cost much less and had space for five and luggage inside.

The problem for that car was the batteries – lithium-ion can’t provide the range, takes a long time to charge and also weighs a lot. Solid-state batteries could provide a useful solution to those issues, as they provide better range and charging times.

Audi’s first volume production electric car, the e-tron SUV launches on 30 August, and will be followed by a whole range of electric cars in the coming years.

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8 Comments on "Audi Exploring Solid-State Tech For Electric Supercar"

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John

…is exploring possibilities… WOW!

pjwood1

Dear Dominik Wilde,

Please, prove the R8 e-tron ever existed or humbly submit your credentials to #Pravduh.

Thank you.

Nix

LOL!! Yea, with just under 100 ever built, it is hard to say it ever REALLY existed…..

😉

Francesco

Audi is blaming the batteries. So the Tesla S 100 does not exist, the Rimac does not exist, the electric Porsche conversations do not exist. Talk about reality distortion field.

WARREN

Porsche/Audi are more related than you think. Cayenne/Tourag/Audi gave a lot in common.

Terawatt

Just a quibble:

> Solid-state batteries could provide a useful solution to those issues, as they provide better range and charging times.

They *should* provide. Fundamentally, there are, as far as I understand, good theoretical reasons to expect solid state batteries to be superior. Low internal resistance and greater thermal stability unite to open the door for more energy-dense electrodes (which already exist but are not suitable in today’s battery designs because they’re not stable enough and would become too dangerous) as well as high power density, both for charging and discharging.

But it’s not a certainty. So it’s not that solid state could be a solution because they DO provide these properties, but that there’s reasonable hope that they will. Really the sentence would be fine if the “because clause” was deleted.

arne-nl

“We are considering everything at the moment but I personally believe we need a little bit more battery development”

Yeah, the new shiny tech is always around the corner. I’m only hearing excuses and others will eat their lunch if they don’t get on with it. They’re allowing perfect to be the enemy of the good enough.

SJC

There really is not a solid state battery in volume production for EVs yet.