Audi R8 e-tron

Audi R8 e-tron

We have another sign that Audi will unveil a concept version of its all-electric SUV at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Codename of the project for the electric Q6 is "C-BEV".

The C-BEV is positioned as a Tesla Model X competitor, but with sales scheduled to start in the second half of 2018, Tesla has three more years to introduce an improved version of the X to maintain or extend its advantage.

C-BEV will be 5-seater with range of at least 500 km (310 miles).

Battery and motor technology will be related to the R8 e-tron. We remember that the new R8 e-tron is equipped with Tesla style 18650 lithium-ion cells. Around 90 kWh is expected at this stage.

C-BEV apparently will also get a front motor within the gearbox (sounds similar to the solution used by Volkswagen Group in all plug-in hybrids), and two motors, one for each rear wheel, like in the R8 e-tron.

System power will be higher than the 340 kW in R8 e-tron, although it's to early for any concrete numbers to be released.

To achieve long range electric, the SUV will not push too much air:

"Audi is also claiming a “sensational Cd value for an SUV” of less than 0.30."

Source: Autocar