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Audi A6 e-tron concept car revealed at 2021 Shanghai motor show

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Audi is getting serious about electric cars. The German luxury brand has shown its new A6 e-Tron concept car at the 2021 Shanghai motor show. Beneath the handsomely styled show car is the most crucial detail.

The A6 e-Tron debuts the brand’s new electric car platform dubbed PPE (Premium Platform Electric), which will underpin future small, mid-size, and large electric vehicles. The first production car built on this new platform will roll off the assembly line next year.

Audi’s current electric vehicles, such as thee-Tron and e-Tron Sportback, are built on the same platform as internal combustion-engined cars. They have effectively had an electric setup bolted onto an existing vehicle. Developing a dedicated modular electric car platform has several significant benefits.

One of the most significant advantages of this new platform is its ability to maximize battery space. The A6 e-Tron concept has a substantial 100kWh battery, which it claims the vehicle has a range of more than 700km on a single charge.

This shows just how quickly electric cars are closing the gap with conventional internal combustion engine-powered cars as a range of more than 700km is better than most petrol cars and up there with diesel-powered vehicles.

It is fitted with the most up-to-date 800V charging technology, which can accept up to 270kW of energy via high-performance chargers. This means it can add more than 300km of range in 10 minutes and go from five to 80 percent of battery charge in 25 minutes. Electric cars automatically slow the last 20 percent of battery charge to limit overheating.

Audi has fitted the A6 e-Tron with two powerful electric motors — one on each axle — giving it all-wheel drive. The motors produce 350kW and 800Nm. It can go from 0-100km/h in less than four seconds.

A single motor will also power cheaper front-wheel-drive versions. The A6 e-Tron is also packed with tech, starting with the side mirrors replaced with cameras that help make the vehicle more aerodynamic, making it more energy-efficient and boosting its range.

Audi has added several new lighting features, including the ability for users to customize their light signatures and turn signals. Small LED light projectors can display warning symbols on the ground to help warn bike riders that a car door is about to open. LED headlights can double as a projector during charging and display video games via smartphone onto a wall. Audi expects to sell the new range of EVs globally, and will they will form part of the brand’s ambitious plan to have 20 fully electric vehicles by 2025.

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