Why plug-in your car when you can just park it over an induction plate? Audi has answers to this question. The Audi Q7 e-tron will have induction charging as an option. Wooot??
Exactly our reaction too when we heard of it. Induction charging is wireless, you just park your car over a charging plate and the batteries will replenish themselves.
Audi’s technical boss, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, has himself confirmed this. He believes people will soon get tired of hooking their cars to power points with cable twice a day and the car industry will never unleash the potential of the electric/hybrid car unless they use induction charging to the maximum.
Audi is very close to producing an induction charging system which lifts the plate on the ground to be closer to batteries inside the car. This helps in reducing the charging time and increasing the charging efficiency. The other induction charging method involves an immovable charging plate on the ground. Although this could be beneficial for different makes and types of car, like an universal charger.
Explaining further, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg said “It will be available in the Audi Q7 e-tron TDI as an option and the convenient part is that whenever the car is parked in your garage, it’s effectively plugged in. And we’re not far from the time when the car will park itself, so it’s perfectly aligned with the induction plate. Our system will start with 3.6 kW of charging and it will go to 7.2 kW soon, and there are ideas to go higher.”
The Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDi Quattro has a 258 hp V6 engine mated to a 126 hp electric motor and together they produce 373 hp and 516 pounds of torque. The car will travel almost 35 km purely on electric power.
The car will go on sale in the EU in early 2016.
Induction charging was always the future and the Auto industry has again proved that it is way beyond the mobile phone industry in terms of technology. Less than 2% of phones available on the market have induction charging and even lesser have plans to implement it. But Audi has shown the way for the Automobile industry, yet again.