Published on May 4th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Audi’s NEW EV Challenges Tesla’s Range
For the next 10 to 15 years plug-in hybrids will be the preferred choice for customers looking for a vehicle with some form of electrification and Car manufacturers are working hard to bring their new technology to market. Audi is set to launch a full-electric SUV with a 500km (310 mile) range that will challenge Tesla’s Model X crossover. Audi wants to bring their full-electric SUV to market before the Tesla X crossover is introduced.
Audi will also introduce a large premium SUV with a range of more than 500km in early 2018. The model will have a new design that the company is developing for its EVs and plug-in hybrids, he said. It will be underpinned by Audi parent Volkswagen Group’s second-generation MLB platform that will offer weight savings, helping to boost its range.
Audi’s new EV will also be able to get 80% of its charge in 20 minutes using a fast-charging station. China is developing a network of fast-charging stations covering 16,000km of highways by 2020 with a station every 50km. Other countries have similar initiatives, however Malaysia seems to sitting back and taking the wait see attitude for electric charging stations around the nation.
Audi’s new battery-powered SUV will have a longer range than the Tesla Model X crossover, which will go on sale shortly. The Model X has a range of up to 430km.
Tesla this month began sales of a longer-range version of its Model S sedan with a range of 386km between charges.