Audi is giving us a sneak peak at what its first ‘large-series’ all electric production car will look like with the new E-Tron Quattro concept for the 2015 International Motor Show in Frankfurt.
According to Audi, the E-Tron Quattro was “designed from the ground up as an electric car.” It receives power via two electric motors on the rear axle and one on the front and can travel up to 310 miles (500 kilometers) on a charge. Audi did not disclose the size of the lithium ion battery, only saying the unit is located “between the axles and below the passenger compartment.”
Helping the large E-Tron Quattro to achieve over 300 miles of electric range is its carefully sculpted, aerodynamically efficient body. There are active aerodynamic elements on the front, sides and rear of the car to help move air around the body, and its closed off underbody further aids in reducing drag. Audi calls these design pieces ‘Aerosthetics’, and describes them as elements that use creative design solutions to reduce aerodynamic drag.
As for the size of the E-Tron Quattro, Audi says it falls neatly between the mid-size Q5 and full-size Q7. There’s only room for four on the inside, presumably the result of the location of the lithium ion battery pack, however Audi still describes the cabin as being spacious.
We’ll have more information and live photos on the Audi E-Tron Quattro concept when makes its in-person debut at IAA 2015 late next month.