Audi had previously announced that it would show off an all-electric SUV concept at CES 2016 and it has followed through on that promise. The Audi e-tron is a concept fully-electric sports SUV, don’t expect to see this on the roads it merely proves a point about where Audi wants its technology to go, and also showcases the company’s strategy to tackle the growing market for all-electric cars.
The e-tron concept features three electric motors that provide a combined output of 370 kW, this enables quattro all-wheel drive and electric torque vectoring, meaning power is distributed to the rear wheels as and when required. It features a 95 kWh battery that provides a range of up to 310 miles.
Piloted driving functions, semi-autonomous basically, are also onboard. The e-tron is able to drive itself in traffic jams and is also capable of parking on its own. The idea is to provide time savings, efficiency and convenience particularly in situations where the driver is under-challenged or overwhelmed.
Concept vehicles don’t take to the roads so don’t expect to see an Audi e-tron in your neighbor’s driveway just yet, however the company does mention that a future production model based on this electric SUV concept might arrive by 2018. Now that’s something I’d be really interested in.