Audi Q6 e-tron Concept To Enter Production Virtually Unchanged

NOV 16 2015 BY MARK KANE 30

Audi e-tron Quattro Concept

Audi e-tron Quattro Concept

Audi Q6 e-tron scheduled for 2018 launch will be produced in Belgium, and according to Auto Express, the production version will not be much different than the concept.

The concept looks swell, so this is good news.

” It’ll look almost identical to the car previewed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and is likely to slot in between the all-new Q5 and recently-updated Q7.”

Dr Rudiger Chmielewski, head of total vehicle development, told Auto Express that the long-range all-electric Audi is nearly ready in terms of shape.

“We have found the right height. You will find this in the exterior. You’ll also find the headlight pattern in all our electric cars.”

“The flush door handles will feature, too. A lot of heart went into these. We hope we can use them with rear view cameras.”

“This is an electric car suitable for the long haul. It’ll have a 500km (310-mile) range, and is tangible proof of our commitment to electric mobility.”

On the other front, Audi is gearing up with a fast charging network to be able recharge to 80% in 30 minutes. If the range of 500 km (300 miles) is true, then we are talking about a new network of higher power chargers. We don’t know when the network of 150 kW or so chargers will be launched.

Editor’s Note on the 500 km estimate:  this is surely NEDC based, but the penalties bringing it down to a real-world range when you are talking extreme long ranges is not as sever as those found in PHEVs due to how the number is calculated.  500km/300 miles is likely equal to about 420 km/260 miles EPA.

“By the time we launch the e-tron, we will have a fast charge network in Germany. An 80 per cent charge will take 30 minutes. The success of a model like this will depend on the infrastructure.”

There is also interesting part about infrastructure in China, where the government intends to launch a project for highways (fast charger every 50 km / 30 miles) on 16,000-17,000 km / over 10,000 miles of highways.

Source: Auto Express

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I would say that is, or rather will be, the oft vaunted competition for the Model X.

As to not changing their new baby, in this instance its a good thing.

Well, I hope it is more competitive on price. I think as long as auto manufacturers can beat Tesla on range plus price, there’s room for any who can pass NHTSA crash tests (and EPA emissions, LOL). I’m sure 10 years from now range won’t be the subject, but gee-whiz features like swingy-uppy doors and semi-autonomy sell in the luxury/premium segment; the unattractive basics like economy and practicality are what move millions of cars into the hands of buyers.

Did they put more than four seats in the production version? Because if not, it’s more like the oft vaunted competition for the Volt.

I agree that with only four seats, the Model X would handily beat out the Q6 in the minds of most buyers. I certainly wouldn’t buy it.

Yeah. I certainly will not be a 7-seat.
I was just going with it being an ev and an suv.

2018 to begin production, 4/5 seats, 250 – 300 mile range, SUV, lower than $80k starting price, sounds more like competition to Model Y than Model X.

There was an article in Car Magazine of the UK that gave some details such as 5 seats and price range that put it cheaper than Model X.

Cost can be factored in a number of ways. For instance: How much is the total cost of ownership, if you don’t have free lifetime CCS support? How much is your time worth, while the clock ticks and you wait for your car to reach 80% SOC?

44,000 to 59,000 pounds (including VAT) vs 55,000+ for Model S


I have a SUV I can’t get rid of because I need it for trailering, long hauls and heavy loads. I would love to replace my SUV with an all electric but the Model X is going to be out of my price range for years to come. I’m hoping the Audi SUV will spur some price competition that will get prices down to where I can afford an all electric SUV.

Haven’t we seen production turn into “we’ll build it, if you ask for it.” Mark, Jay, has anyone asked Audi where the Q7 PHEV is?

R8 memories:

Audi looks pretty serious about building this one. To me it actually looks like this electric SUV is the cornerstone of electrication for the whole VW group. Just look at the articles relating development of 150 kW DCFC with with introduction of this Audi product.

It’s a handsome ride. Hope they can build a charging network in time.

An Etron actually entering production? *faints*

Well, that is one way for VW to make good on their promise of more electrification. (And, yes, I know there is another Etron in production . . . still haven’t seen one though.)

Seeing is believing. I like the look of the vehicle. Range sounds decent, not cutting edge. We’ll see if they actually build it. Then we’ll see if they actually sell it in all States. I’ll remain skeptical until I test drive one at my local dealer.

“It’ll have a 500km (310-mile) range”

Two problems with this:
1) That is probably the European cycle that MASSIVELY overstates the range.
2) Without a decent fast-charging infrastructure, it won’t be any good for long trips.

If they’re not adopting the Tesla standard and plug, they’ve lost their minds. We’re assuming they’ll build a charging network in the USA. They could build the network in EU only.

The Audi is suppose to have a 95 kWh battery. If it has a purpose built chassis and not a converted ICE chassis it should be to get close to 300 miles.

I just don’t see any ice car co building a decent charge network in the USA anytime soon. Teslas lead in this regard will not be surpassed.

Long range isn’t long range without well placed multi station high powered chargers as Tesla has achieved already
The Giantts slept to long….

There are a lot of European and American auto manufacturers that have adopted CCS. If the service providers can work out an agreement with the all these auto manufacturers we could see a quick proliferation of CCS stations. I don’t think sales of the eGolf and I3 are strong enough to support quick CCS build out. I think we will have to wait until the EV sales increase expected with the Bolt before we see wide spread CCS. I know it’s a chicken or egg scenario but with the partnership between GM and NRG we could see CCS chargers practically over night at all the NRG stations that don’t already have them. The sleeping giant is Ford. You know Ford has big EV plans up their sleeves. We will just have to wait for Ford to shows its hand before we know how Ford will support DCFC.

I’ve got a few follow on points. First the BMW I3 is the only car capable using CCS that’s sold nationally. The I3 is comparable in many ways to the Nissan Leaf but entered the market three years after the Leaf and cost much more. It’s not surprising I3 sales cannot support CCS build out. Second Ford Focus Electric new car inventory is surging. The number of new Focus Electrics offered for sale is much higher than I’ve ever seen before, even in Texas where it’s usually hard to find a used FFE much less a new one. No, I don’t think Ford is even close to giving up on electric vehicles.

Looking at the eVgo map, it looks like NRG has respectable coverage in (eyeballing it) around twenty urban areas, but nothing at all along interstates outside big metros. So even if they do get CCS at those locations “practically overnight” there’s still a big buildout required to equal the SC network.

I don’t think US regulators will allow them to keep the side view cameras instead of actual mirrors. Telsa tried hard to keep the cameras on the Model X but ultimately had to put in mirrors. I think the flush door handles are here to stay for many cars to come in the future.

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They need to change the rule. It would literally save millions of gallons of gasoline.

Tesla’s plan is working. Pretty soon we will enjoy a broad array of choices in the plug-in segment.

Try finding today’s ubiquitous gas pump twenty years from now.

They’re going to call it “Strange Anxiety.”

In other news, I am going to put out a press release that I am going to start laying golden eggs. That has about the same chance as Audi producing a pure EV for sale in the USA in all 50 states anytime soon.

This site really needs a “+1” or “like” button.

I bet VW group, BMW and other european companies will focus on 100+ kW CCS network in Europe for many years to come. While North-America is an important market area, it is not as important as the home market for european companies.

GM, Ford and local service providers must step up, if they want to have CCS network in US.

Even if and its a big never gonna happen if, some group of car co gets together to create some sort of DC netowrk it will be : SLOW compared to Superchargers, and they will likely follow the 1 or 2 chargers per location model NRG and others have followed.