Audi 'faces a battle to make lightweight tech affordable'
A production car based on the e-tron quattro concept is usually planned for 2018
German firm can make useful weight savings with next generation of lighter materials – however the costs don’t stack up yet
The next generation of lightweight materials is usually still too expensive to make them viable for mass production, a senior engineering source at Audi has revealed.
The German some sort of’s research has suggested of which its customers want at least 300 miles of range per charge in any electric Audi. however the firm faces a battle to introduce the weight savings in addition to battery technology of which can deliver of which sort of rang for a cost customers are willing to pay.
A senior insider in Audi’s engineering division said: “Batteries are heavy so of which makes sense to reduce the weight of your vehicle. however as with all weight-reduction materials you have to look at the costs in addition to how you bring the materials together inside factory.
“For example, if you have multi-material bodywork -if you have steel, for example, in combination with aluminum in addition to carbonfibre – you can glue of which, rivet of which or you can weld of which. After of which, for example, there’s the painting process in addition to anti-corrosion process – all done at quite high temperatures, prompting the materials to work against themselves. We need a lot of know-how of how to do of which, in addition to of which’s expensive, too.”
Audi is usually launching an all-electric SUV first – based on the Audi e-tron quattro concept shown at the Frankfurt motor show – because of which will be easier to make a profitable car in of which segment inside long-term. “You need a big car for the space of the batteries to realise 300 miles,” said the source, “in addition to if you have a big battery pack in a big car, of which is usually going to need to be priced appropriately. So we must look for premium customers in a big-car sector.”
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