LG Chem wins order from Audi to supply batteries for plug-in hybrids

Article by Christian A., on August 24, 2014

LG Chem disclosed that Audi is ordering batteries for its growing plug-in hybrid car lineup. According toi the South Korean battery maker, the supply agreement was valued at “hundreds of millions of dollars." It added that it is expected to win similar orders from Volkswagen Group in the future. The company already boasts of 20 customers, including General Motors.

LG Chem is targeting to reach combined sales of over KRW10 ($9.8 billion) from large-sized batteries by 2018. Audi commenced selling the A3 Sportback e-tron -- its first plug-in hybrid -- in June and is planning to introduce at least three more plug-in hybrid models, according to a report from Automotive News Europe reported.

Audi is planning is start selling the A3 Sportback e-tron in the United States in the second or third quarter of 2015, and in China in the first or second quarter of next year.

Audi is hoping that versatility of plug-in hybrids -- which can be driven independently by an electric motor or a conventional engine – to appeal to people looking for environmentally friendly vehicles.

Audi plans to launch next year a plug-in hybrid variant of the Q7 SUV. It will then launch plug-in hybrid versions of its flagship A8 model and an A6 long-wheelbase sedan for China.

While the new Audi Q7 e-tron Quattro could sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just six seconds, it only consumes less than two liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (117.6 US mpg). This confirms the fact that the new Audi Q7 e-tron quattro combines sportiness, comfort and efficiency. It is not only the first TDI plug-in hybrid with quattro drive, but it is also the first plug-in hybrid featuring a diesel engine from Audi.

The new Audi Q7 e-tron quattro is actually the premium carmaker’s second model powered by a dynamic yet efficient plug-in hybrid drive system. Featuring a lithium-ion battery, the Q7 e-tron quattro could travel up to 56 kilometers (34.8 mi) on all-electric zero-emission mode. When electric power is boosted by the diesel engine, the large SUV could go as far as 1,410 km (876.1 mi).

Essentially, the new Audi Q7 e-tron quattro is the first plug-in hybrid car in the world that employs a six-cylinder diesel engine and permanent all-wheel drive. The combination of a 3.0-liter TDI six-cylinder engine and a powerful electric motor provides a total system output of 275 kW (373 hp) and total system torque of 700 Nm (516.3 lb.-ft.), which allows the new Q7 e-tron Quattro to dash from nil to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 6.0 seconds and to achieve a top speed of 225 km/h (139.8 mph).

As for range, the new Audi Q7 e-tron quattro offers a max of 56 km (34.8 mi) on all-electric power. In terms of efficiency, the Q7 e-tron quattro consumes only 1.7 liters of diesel per 100 km (138.4 US mpg), as per the ECE standard for plug-in hybrid vehicles. In addition, the new Q7 e-tron Quattro emits less than 50 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer (80.5 g/mi).

In terms of interior comfort and climate control efficiency, the new Audi Q7 e-tron Quattro is provided with a specially developed standard thermal management system that has been integrated with a heat pump.

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