Audi has announced a new car, Capable of travelling 311 miles with Level 4 self-driving feature. Packed with 3 electric motors, It is designed to compete with the Tesla Model S. Audi will most likely name it as “A9 e-tron” and release it by 2020.
A9 e-tron specs will be similar to Tesla Model S but A9 will be able to able to achieve same mileage as Model S with a smaller 95 kWh battery. Tesla has 100 kWh battery which allows model S to cover 315 miles. This means A9 is more battery efficient and most likely be costlier compared to Model S.
A nice feature in Tron is boost mode. With the press of a button, the motor starts producing more and more bhp. The powertrain consists of 3 motors. In normal driving mode, they produce 429 bhp and as soon as boost is applied motors starts producing 496 bhp. This car will be able to satisfy both commuters and roadsters. However, motors running in boost mode will consume more energy and battery life will be shortened.
A9 e-tron customers will be able to wirelessly charge the battery. This technology is called Inductive charging. The rate of charging offered wirelessly will be limited to 11 kW. (But this will be major improvement over Tesla’s Model S which charges wirelessly at the rate of 7.2 kW, It means 1 hour of charging gives 20 – 25 miles of travelling.) Audi will be installing automated parking feature in the A9 e-tron, This feature will ensure that the car is placed properly over the charging pad in the owner’s garage.
Audi will be updating it’s A8 with Level 3 automation in 2017. But A9 e-tron will be getting Level 4 by 2020. But it’s unfair to compare a 2020 car with a current Tesla Model S, Tesla will surely update their car with latest and greatest technology by 2020.