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Audi concept car is on course for the future

13 September 2017

Audi’s autonomous Aicon is designed for purely electric operation; with no steering wheel or pedals it’s expected to cover between 435-497 miles on a single charge.

Audi Aicon (Credit: Audi AG)

The technology used in the concept vehicle means road users are connected to one another and their surroundings. This also means that traffic will be less hectic and flow more smoothly in the future. Even at moderate speed limits, long distances can be covered at a high constant speed of around 80.8mph. Passengers experience the journey as comfortable cruising without constant braking and accelerating.

Accidents will also be a thing of the past thanks to the highly advanced sensor systems and networking. Passengers will therefore no longer need classic restraint systems. 

A highly efficient electric drive provides for the dynamics of the Audi Aicon. A total of four electric motors are located in the area of the front and rear axles. The energy storage units are integrated into the area below the floor. These are solid body batteries with considerably more energy capacity than lithium-ion batteries.

The four electric motors produce a total of 260kW and 550 Newtonmeters. Each drives one wheel, enabling electronically controlled, variable quattro all-wheel drive. Maximum acceleration played a less important role in the specification than maximum efficiency and thus also range. This operating strategy is also pursued by the powertrain and electric brake units, which use recuperation to recover energy. Targeted lightweight construction of the multi-material body and optimised aerodynamics also help the Audi Aicon to achieve ranges between 435 - 497.1 miles on a single charge.

Even charging has been reduced to a minimum. Thanks to a high-voltage system with 800 volts, the Aicon’s battery unit can be charged to 80 percent of capacity in less than 30 minutes. The car is also equipped with a unit of inductive, i.e. wireless, charging. The Aicon manages both without a driver. In an AI Zone, it can pull up to a charging station on its own and charge its battery without any human assistance.

For more details on the interior and exterior, click here.

Video courtesy of Audi

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