Audi has announced that it will develop battery for its upcoming electric SUV Q6 (speculated name) using the powerful cell modules from South Korean makers LG Chem and Samsung SDI. The VW-owned premium automaker is confident that the new battery technology for the pure electric SUV will result in an impressive driving range of over 500 km on a full charge.
Dr. Bernd Martens, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Procurement, said that both of its South Korean partners will invest in European plants from where they will supply cell modules to Audi. He also added that the advanced battery technology will go a long way in increasing the acceptance of electric vehicles.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Development, said that the engineers will integrate the cell modules into the vehicle’s architecture in such a way as to achieve an attractive overall package of sportiness and range.
No further details of Audi Q6 electric SUV have been released. International media speculations suggest that Audi’s Tesla Model X rival will be based on MLB platform and will employ 3 motors with a combined output of around 500 hp and 700 Nm of torque.
If Audi manages to achieve 500 km+ range on such a powerful electric SUV, it will surely be a path breaking attempt that will redefine the way people look at EVs.