230 to 250 miles of all-electric goodness. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Sept. 14, 2015 2018 Audi e-tron quattro BEV CUV – Pricing and EPA TBA It was just three weeks ago we previewed this future offering within the story Tesla’s Model X Receives New Competition from the Brand of Four Rings. Today, Audi provided even more detail. Frankfurt, Germany -- Audi revealed their 2018 Audi e-tron quattro BEV to the media earlier today and in doing so, provided a time line towards their vision of the future. An environmentally friendly e-mobility future that is. To begin, the low slung CUV has an extremely low Cd of 0.25. A sedan sure, but a CUV/SUV? It is also scheduled to incorporate an all-electric e-tron quattro drive with up to 470 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque on tap. Much of that power available down near launch RPMs. 2018 Audi e-tron quattro The All-Electric Drivetrain The Audi e‑tron quattro concept a large electric traction motor to drive the front axle and two additional motors mounted to both rear wheel shafts. 429 total system hp is available under normal circumstances but a boost mode is available for a few seconds providing up to that stated 470 hp and 590 lb-ft. of torque allowing the 60 mark to fly by in under 4.5 seconds while electronically limited to 130 mph top speed. Given the Audi heritage, the concept will be every bit a sports car but in a multi passenger upright CUV platform. Controlling those three motors output is a traction focused drive management system. The driver decides on the degree of regeneration, the driving program S or D and the mode of the Audi drive select system. During hard cornering, the Torque Control Manager initiates torque vectoring between the rear wheels for maximum road or off-road holding. The large 95 kWh Li-Ion traction battery is located beneath the floor of the passenger compartment proving both a low center of gravity and a more balanced weight distribution. The claim of 310 miles/charge from almost every U.S. outlet in Frankfurt this week is an NEDC result with the EPA AER probably more along the lines of 230 to 250 miles. Thank God Auto journalists do not build cars, buildings or anything else for that matter. The vehicles can be charged via the SAE Combined Charging System (CCS) from high voltage DC or lower voltage AC with the high output DC at 150 kW taking just 50 minutes from flat to full. Audi is also working on a wireless charging system with an autonomous parking solution that will park the e-tron Quattro concept exactly where it needs to be for an optimal and minimal loss induction charge. The chassis includes an adaptive air suspension with micro-controlled dynamic damping, and that lowers the body at higher speeds to reduce drag. The dynamic-all-wheel steering combines a dynamic steering system on the front axle with a steering system for the rear wheels. Depending on speed and the driving situation, they steer either opposite or in the same direction as the front wheels. In other words, the 2018 Audi e‑tron quattro CUV concept will be one hell of a corner hugger at speed. 2018 Audi e-tron quattro Concept Interior Moving inside, Audi provided little but the infographics showed some unique OLED technology displays and exterior lighting set for deployment. I cannot wait to see this in action. Wait until you read about the Porsche Mission E also revealed in Frankfurt earlier today.