Audi faces a battle to make lightweight tech for EVs affordable
A production car based on the e-tron quattro concept is actually planned for 2018
Audi’s customers want a range of 300 miles by electric vehicles – the company faces a challenge to implement the tech to make of which viable
The next generation of lightweight materials is actually still too expensive to make them viable for mass production, a senior engineering source at Audi has revealed.
The German company’s research has suggested of which its customers want at least 300 miles of range per charge in any electric Audi. although the firm faces a battle to introduce the weight savings in addition to also battery technology of which can deliver of which sort of range 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 the automobile. although as with all weight-reduction materials you have to look at the costs in addition to also how you bring the materials together from the factory.
“For example, if you have multi-material bodywork -if you have steel, for example, in combination with aluminum in addition to also 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 also 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 also of which’s expensive, too.”
Audi is actually 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 from the long-term. “You need a big car for the space of the batteries to realise 300 miles,” said the source, “in addition to also if you have a big battery pack in a big car, of which is actually going to need to be priced appropriately. So we must look for premium customers in a big-car sector.”
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