Audi promises 310-mile range for electric SUV

Audi promises 310-mile range for electric SUV

Audi has reaffirmed its promise to build an electric SUV with a range of at least 500 kilometers (310 miles).

The German automaker has partnered with LG Chem and Samsung SDI to develop and produce the batteries. The Korean companies are said to be investing in European factories to build cells for Audi.

The announcement did not identify Audi’s first all-electric SUV by name, however previous reports suggest the batteries will be used for the Q6 e-tron. The crossover has only been previewed in a dark teaser sketch (pictured), revealing a streamlined profile with a sportier form than the current Q7.

Initial rumors pointed to a much shorter range, with some estimates as low as 200 miles. Reports had assumed the electric Q6 would use the same 100kWh battery pack as the lighter and more aerodynamic R8 e-tron, which offers 279 miles before needing a recharge.

“We will optimally integrate the innovative cell modules developed with LG Chem and Samsung SDI into our vehicle architecture, thus achieving an attractive overall package of sportiness and range,” said Audi procurement head Dr. Bernd Martens.

The production version of the Q6 e-tron is expected to arrive on the market in 2018, serving as a direct rival to the Tesla Model X. It could also face competition from BMW’s rumored electric SUV.

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