You might not know it from the current new Audi lineup which consists of all petrol-powered models (i.e., the A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, allroad, Q5, Q7, TT, R8, and S). But, the four-ringed automaker is seriously vested in developing progressive EV architecture. Underscoring our claim is a three-year investigation aimed at developing an electric platform compatible with cars in all different segments - sedan to sports car, sports car to plug-in hybrid.
Appropriately coined e Performance, the ground-breaking study recently drew to a close. Audi North Scottsdale is happy to say Audi succeeded in its mission, jumping three quantum leaps ahead of the competition.
First, Audi - with the help of its research partners, Bosch and RWTH Aachen University - created a platform that is not only versatile but fun. Which, let's face it, is one of the primary attributes that puts Audi apart from everyman brands such as Chevy and Toyota.
Here's how it works: With a three-motor electric drivetrain, the system seamlessly adapts to all different driving styles - tempered to aggressive. Thanks to a total output of 200 hp. That's right; an EV platform with 200 rearing-and-ready-to-go ponies of power to its name!
Second, Audi has backed its new EV platform with extreme safety. Fire- and shortage safety are two very big concerns when it comes to EV batteries. To mitigate worry and fear regarding these issues, Audi has developed a two-block battery design with 200 beveled cells that overlap and compress upon impact. In everyday speak that translates into a more fire-resistant product. Additionally, a unique cast-aluminum casing ensures greater protection in the event of a side-impact accident.
Third, Audi created an adaptive electrical system, operable at 200-400 volts.
And, last but not least, the luxury automaker integrated an ultra-efficient heat pump into the platform. This helps to not only heat vehicles but control battery temperature.
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