The all-electric Audi e-tron Sportback concept can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 4.5 seconds and has a range of over 300 miles.
The Audi e-tron Sportback concept has a battery with energy content of 95 kilowatt-hours, and 320 kW of power, which can reach 370 kW in the boost mode. It features one electric motor on the front axle and two on the rear, resulting in power to all four wheels.
The e-tron Sportback concept’s liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery is positioned between the axles, below the passenger compartment. This installation position provides for a low centre of gravity and a balanced axle load distribution of 52:48 (front/rear).
The battery can be charged by the Combined Charging System with dual connections for alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC).
Dr. Dietmar Voggenreiter, Member of the Board of Management for Marketing and Sales at AUDI AG, said about the launch in China: “We have made a conscious decision to give the Audi e‑tron Sportback its first showing here in Shanghai, because China is the world’s leading market for electric automobiles. That applies as much to the infrastructure and financial support as it does to sales. There are already about 150,000 charging stations in the country, with another 100,000 due to come on stream by the end of 2017. We are well equipped for this rapid growth. In the next five years we will be offering five e-tron models in China, including purely battery-powered vehicles with ranges well in excess of 310 miles such as the Audi e‑tron Sportback.”
Audi is showing this technology as a preview of the production version. At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show Audi unveiled the Audi e‑tron quattro concept – the forerunner of the brand’s first all-electric-drive production car. The production version of this electric SUV will appear on the market in 2018. The Audi e-tron Sportback concept car will be followed by its production version in 2019.