The corporate needs its EV manufacturing to be greater, sooner, and greener.
Audi unveiled its new all-electric E-Tron crossover final month, claiming that its new crossover EV offering about 250 miles of driving vary was a breakthrough for the corporate. “It’s game-changing at this time,” mentioned Dr. Ulrich Widmann, chief working officer for technical growth, talking with InsideEVs and a small group of reporters proper earlier than the revealing. “However as you recognize, expertise strikes ahead yr by yr. You might be by no means on the finish.” The primary deliveries of the 2019 E-Tron are anticipated in Q2 2019.
When requested in regards to the future route of Audi EVs, Dr. Widmann talked about enhancements in battery chemistry. “We are going to enhance power storage with out the dimensions of the battery getting greater,” he mentioned. On the similar time, Dr. Widmann mentioned that Audi can be targeted on battery security, guaranteeing that the cooling fluid by no means interacts with the lithium-ion cells, even in a extreme accident.
Dr. Widmann acknowledged that Audi’s electrical automobiles will be capable of accommodate solid-state batteries, which he mentioned ought to arrive by about 2025. Flexibility is the important thing. “The Audi E-Tron makes use of pouch cells, however the structure additionally permits for prismatic cells,” he mentioned. “The explanation for that is to be technologically impartial of worldwide suppliers as a result of some choose prismatic and others choose a pouch design.”
Dr. Widmann responded to questions in regards to the total green-ness of electrical automobiles—not solely whereas on the highway however based mostly on manufacturing. He mentioned that Audi is planning to shift to utilizing 100-percent renewables. “By way of 2025, we’ll change all of our vegetation to make use of renewable power,” he mentioned. That features the power utilized by suppliers to product elements. “We’re talking with our suppliers about their power use, however it should take a while earlier than now we have all of the solutions. This can be a new factor.”
We reported in Could that Audi is engaged on a so-called premium platform electrical structure for the long run. Practically 600 engineers from Audi and 300 from Porsche are engaged on the challenge. It seeks to take advantage of all some great benefits of a pure EV to make it scalable for a spread of automobiles from sedans to SUVs. Each Audi and Porsche will produce automobiles based mostly on the premium structure.
“Two large firms with loads of expertise creating automobiles are coming collectively,” he mentioned. The aim of the brand new premium EV structure is to enhance charging instances, introduce a brand new era of connectivity, and to provide EVs at a sooner tempo. “All these items are designed so we will notice loads of Audi automobiles, in addition to some sporty variations for Porsche.” The primary new fashions utilizing the premium electrical structure are anticipated to reach in lower than three years.