Audi CEO confirms pure-electric Q6 for 2018 with a range of 500km, while luxury Q8 will ‘easily’ take fight to top-end Range Rovers
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has opened up about the all-electric SUV, believed to be badged Q6, claiming it will be “sexy”, “packed with utility” and “sporty.” He also confirmed it will arrive by 2018 – to coincide with big developments in the charging infrastructure.
The model, which was confirmed for production, along with an official sketch, at Audi’s annual press conference last month, will take on the Tesla Model X and offer a range of over 300 miles between charges. “When it comes to a battery electric vehicle it was very clear for us, a range of 500km is a must,” said Stadler, talking exclusively to Autolook at the Shanghai Motor Show.
“Some years ago SUVs were disliked and seen as not fuel efficient, we have proved through lightweight technology and electric drive trains that they can be highly efficient,” he added. “Believe me, the premium customer is prepared to pay a little bit more to say I’m doing everything well for the environment.
“Now with our engineers and our battery-cell suppliers we are at a stage where we can say, yes, this is feasible and we believe that with the ongoing investments in terms of infrastructure development we think that 2018-2019 is the right time to come up with such a car. It will look nice, it will have sufficient range and we think the infrastructure will be sufficient in terms of supercharging.”