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Audi activesphere concept – a luxury electric pick-up

The Audi activesphere concept is an electric luxury crossover coupé with quattro all-wheel drive, and it turns into a pick-up.

The Sportback rear of the activesphere can turn into an open cargo bed (“active back”) at the touch of a button – this is designed to carry recreational equipment such as bikes. A ski rack is also integrated in the centre of the roof structure.

The activesphere concept features 22-inch wheels and high ground clearance with Audi adaptive air suspension with adaptive dampers, allowing the body to be raised 40mm from 208mm for off-road use – or lowered to 168mm for on-road use.

The concept has a 100kWh battery and an electric driving range of over 372 miles, and fast charging times thanks to 800-volt technology, allowing charging at up to 270 kW in a very short time at fast-charging stations. Just 10 minutes is enough time to charge the battery to deliver more than 186 miles. And in less than 25 minutes, the 100kWh battery charges from 5 to 80 percent.

Electric motors on the front and rear axles of the all-wheel drive Audi activesphere concept together deliver a total output of 325kW and system torque of 720Nm, delivering a 0-62mph acceleration time of 4.9 seconds.

The activesphere has a Sportback silhouette, but the cargo bed can be opened up – the’ active back’ – when a motorised bulkhead deploys from behind the rear seats in order to isolate the cabin from the exterior.

The doors of the Audi activesphere, which are attached to the A- and C-pillars at the front and rear, open in opposite directions, and there is no B-pillar, resulting in the entire interior space opening up to passengers as soon as they get into the car.

You can drive the Audi activesphere concept, or it can drive itself. When the Audi activesphere concept is driving in autonomous mode, the dashboard, steering wheel, and pedals disappear. 

Headsets provide a view of the real environment and the route, while simultaneously displaying 3D content and interactive elements – individually configurable for drivers and passengers. Mixed reality depicts virtual content with spatial reference to the real world in three dimensions. In off-road mode, high-resolution 3D topography graphics can be projected onto the real landscape and information on navigation and the destination can be displayed. Headsets can be taken out of the car to help navigate a bike trail or to find descents when skiing downhill.

The Audi activesphere concept uses Audi’s Premium Platform Electric electric drive system (PPE) which is designed exclusively for battery-electric drive systems and is being developed under Audi’s leadership together with Porsche. The PPE is the first platform designed to accommodate a wide range of high-volume cars including SUVs and CUVs with high ground clearance. The first Audi production vehicles based on PPE will be presented before the end of 2023.

We’ve already had the Audi skysphere roadster in 2021 and the Audi grandsphere saloon and Audi urbansphere space concept in April 2022.

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