Audi Unveils E-tron Concept Car

Audi unveiled the A6 E-tron concept in Shanghai, and the new car features some interesting technical developments.

Notably, underpinning the A6 E-tron is the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture developed jointly with Porsche. PPE will serve as the technology platform for Audi’s first production cars in the C- and B-segment that are due to arrive in late 2022.

The A6 e-tron has a 100kWh battery pack and dual electric motors delivering power to all four wheels. Total output is 350kW and 800Nm.

It has – as will all future PPE models – 800-volt charging technology which will allow for the car to be charged with up to 270kW at fast-charging stations. This will enable the battery to be charged with sufficient power for more than 300km of range in 10 minutes, and from 5 to 80 per cent in less than 25 minutes.

Audi says the A6 e-tron is expected to boast a range of more than 700km and the most powerful members of the model range will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in less than four seconds.

Audi claims the ‘Heliosilver’ exterior paint will reduce energy consumption by reflecting thermal radiation in sunlight, allowing less use of the air conditioning.

Other interesting features include high-resolution LED projectors built into each side of the body. These display warning symbols on the ground – for example, to warn a bike rider that the car door is about to open. Four more projectors, integrated into the corners of the vehicle, generate turn signal projections.

The Digital Matrix LED front headlights can also act as projectors. Audi says that when the A6 e-tron is parked in front of a wall the driver and passengers can play a video game projected onto it!

While the A6 e-tron is labelled a ‘concept’, it is, reportedly, almost production-ready and due to launch in 2023.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (May 2021)

7 May 2021

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