Audi to introduce an electric all-wheel drive system named e-Quattro

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 31, 2012

Audi is planning on using the electric all-wheel drive system named e-Quattro on its other models. The system features an electric motor that will power the rear wheels under certain conditions. It was previously reported that the Audi A4 Hybrid model will make use of this technology. The Quattro system will be incorporated on upcoming models as it discontinues the traditional all-wheel drive system.

With this technology, costs are expected to go up due to the use of an electric motor and batteries to make the e-Quattro setup function. There are advantages but it has yet to be seen whether these outweigh the cons. The e-Quattro will likely be a production model only after the next-generation A4 and A6 are launched within three years.

It seems that Audi wants to make the standard quattro and e-Quattro systems available even when the new technology is presented. However, it’s not likely that e-Quattro will be used on MQB-platform based vehicles such as the Audi A3.

There’s a big chance that the heavier SUV models will be available only with the conventional quattro system. Using the e-Quattro system leads to a more frugal engine. It doesn’t have a driveshaft connecting the front and rear wheels so it would be interesting to letting it be driven in real-world situations. 

Topics: audi, quattro, awd, technology

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