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Audi Electric Crossover to Use LG Chem, Samsung Battery Cells

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/14/2015 Kelly Pleskot

As we reported earlier, Audi will launch an all-electric crossover that promises more than 310 miles of range. But before that happens, the automaker is working on the crossover's battery, which will feature cells from LG Chem and Samsung.

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The two technology partners will supply Audi with cells from their European plants. According to Audi, the new cell modules are expected to offer "particularly high performance."

Audi Electric Crossover to Use LG Chem, Samsung Battery Cells

The crossover is expected to launch in 2018, and will ride on Volkswagen's second-generation MLB platform that can accommodate multiple drivetrains. More information on the model should come later this year, but we think the model will likely be called the Q6 e-tron. A concept version of this SUV is expected to debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

2017 Audi Q7 TDI© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Audi Q7 TDI

An all-electric crossover is just one strategy Audi is using to adjust to strict fuel economy regulations. Reports say the automaker is making plans for a 10-speed DSG automatic gearbox and cars with electric turbocharging. Of course, diesel will continue to be a major strategy, and Audi also had an eye on hydrogen when it developed the fuel-cell A7 h-tron Quattro model.

Pictured below is likely a prototype for the Audi Q6.

Source: Audi

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