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Model X vs Audi Q8 etron with 430 miles

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  1. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    Grains of salt in hand? Okay...

    All-electric Audi Q8 e-tron poised to challenge Tesla Model X in 2015 with 430-mile range? | ecomento.com

    iffy reporting here though:

    IMO, this is exactly like Tesla's approach. Start high, work low. It's what Audi has been doing for years (new tech usually comes out on the high end cars like the A8 and such, then makes its way down the model line)

    Here's a (n ugly) rendering:
    electric-Audi-Q8-e-tron-740x425.jpg


    As much as I love Audi, I don't think they'll see it through. If they do, it'll be seriously overpriced (like the R8 line got to be). However, if they can bring 430 miles of range for 130k and level 2 charging ability, I may have to return to the mothership.

    It's been said before that Tesla CAN put more batteries/range into the vehicles, but they felt 300miles was the sweet spot. At the very least, this should push Tesla to make more expensive range options available.
     
  2. Discoducky

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    430 miles of EV Range from Audi would great but I'm not going to hold my breath.
     
  3. PokerBroker

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    I have hard hard time believing it possible to go from zero BEV range straight to 430mi. Every other auto mfg is demonstrating that steps are necessary to get there.
     
  4. stopcrazypp

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    I say it's far more likely it's a PHEV and that got missed by the reporter.
     
  5. mnx

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    That rendering looks more like a car than a SUV no?
     
  6. AnOutsider

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    That's actually pretty possible.

    Explain? Do you mean the etron brands consists of only PHEVs? If so, that's not true as the R8 wasn't a hybrid (granted it hasn't yet made production)

    Article says the rendering are based on the hatch A6
     
  7. VolkerP

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    color me skeptical on that Q8 e-tron. As skeptical as Audi was on pure EVs back in 2013 :tongue:. Autobild reports that Audi wants to get to 430 miles by using future battery chemistry. So how can you bring a car to market in 2018 when you haven't figured out the drivetrain yet? There are lots of complex inter dependencies between the pack and the car. Weight, form factor, CoG, cost, cooling requirements, power demand, you name it.
     
  8. evme

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    I am a bit skeptical. Too vague.

    Also, is it 430 miles? or 430km?

    430km = 267.19 miles which is pretty much right on 265 miles.

    Also, when do they plan to release it? 2020?
     
  9. trils0n

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    Looks like a Tesla that has been heavily photoshopped. Hood is very Tesla looking. Seats too.
     
  10. Mr X

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    Lol @ anyone even discussing the 430 mile range mention



    Audi has yet to bring out anything electric, they are all talk, lets actually see it. Until then... hSTsQ.gif
     
  11. CalDreamin

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    Is anyone able to find the original article about the Audi Q8 e-tron on the Autobild.de website? I can't find it. I can't find any mention of that Audi model anywhere, other than here and the ecomento.com article. As trilsOn said, the picture is obviously a photoshop combination of a Model S or X and some other car. I'm skeptical whether Autobild.de even has something like this on their website.
     
  12. Discoducky

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    I looked as well. Assuming it is right, this car, as mentioned, would be a big push for Audi into EV. The amount of batteries that 430 miles would take up the entire cargo space of an ICE purpose built chassis so I'd assume Audi would need to make a big chassis change much like the i3
     
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    Looks like VW made too many Lambo exhaust tips....


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  15. Shumdit

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    Maybe they mean that range once they solve the zinc air battery recharging issue or have been able to develop some other yet developed technology. Did they say the car was coming out in 2030 or 2040?:biggrin:
     
  16. bint2k

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    Seems like most Audi's starting failing miserably around the 4-5 yr mark (electronics failing, abnormal wear and tear on parts that should last a decade, etc). It would be fun to see how this thing acts in a couple of years…. IF it actually comes out.
     
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    I don't think that this Audi could compare to the Model X. It's a Wagon rather than a SUV. It could compare to the Model S Wagon if hopefully it will be produced.
     
  18. AnOutsider

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    Everyone keeps mentioning the design... As noted, it's simply a rendering someone created drawing inspiration from the A6 wagon. AFAIK the Q8 (gas or otherwise) has not been revealed.

    Regardless of what it (doesn't) look like, IF they can deliver on 430 miles per charge (even if EPA), THAT's what's worth talking about.
     
  19. ecomento

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    Hi there,


    This is Richard, deputy editor of ecomento.com. I wanted to quickly answer some of your questions:


    The source article from AutoBild is supposed to be in last week's issue of the print magazine and was only teased on the Bild.de website. It seems that nobody really picked that up until now.


    The 'e-tron' moniker was originally for concept cars and then subsequently envisaged to label purely electric vehicles. Audi however changed its strategy and stopped the production of the nearly production-ready R8 e-tron (rumors/confirmation is spreading that it will be revived soon though) and announced a new vehicle range with the A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid instead. The company's image as one of the most innovative car manufacturers suffered quite a bit as a result - especially in Germany. The e-tron name does now, however, apply to both pure EVs (the R8 e-tron) and PHEVs (A3 Sportback e-tron).


    Bild.de actually stated 700km as the supposed range.


    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
     

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