Audi’s 2016 Q7 e-tron Quattro is due to go on sale later this year and thanks to Audi’s technical boss, Dr Ulrich Hackenburg, we’ve got some new details on the options on this car.
The hybrid will carry both a 94 kilowatt electric motor with a 17.3 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack along with a 3.0L V6 TDI diesel engine (Europe) or a 2.0L four-cylinder TFSI gasoline engine (North America, Asia). To charge that 17.3 kilowatt-hour battery pack, we’ll of course have a standard plug in, but Audi will also offer option inductive charging.
This will allow you to charge the car while it’s parked without having to plug anything in. Audi wants to make the process more efficient as well and to do that they have created an automatic mechanism that will raise up the primary charging coil to within just a few millimeters of the secondary coil (in the car).
“It will be available in the Q7 e-tron TDI as an option and the convenient part is that whenever the car is parked in your garage, it’s effectively plugged in. And we’re not far from the time when the car will park itself, so it’s perfectly aligned with the induction plate. Our system will start with 3.6 kW of charging and it will go to 7.2 kW soon, and there are ideas to go higher” said Hackenburg.
This is of course just an option and at the moment we don’t know how much it will cost for the consumer. Hackenburg unofficially said it will cost around €1,000 ($1,070 USD) per car. It’s unknown which regions will have the functionality offered.
Hackenburg also mentioned that he feels adding inductive charging to hybrid and electric cars is necessary in order for those cars to reach mass-market appeal.
What are your thoughts on this? Would you be willing to pay the premium to charge your electric or hybrid car without plugging in? Let us know in the comments!