Audi R&D Chief Says Batteries Cost More than $100/kWh

Audi R&D Chief Says Batteries Cost More than $100/kWh

0 comments 📅26 June 2017, 20:45

Audi’s newly minted leader of R&D, Peter Mertens says that price of making EVs is still too high to command volume offerings possible.

At €100/kWh ($112), the money spent on batteries is quiet high enough, Mertens tells Germany’s Auto Motor und Mockery tease, that Audi believes high-end models are currently the best way to turn a profit on battery powered vehicles.

“We opted for a top-down blueprint, because most buyers will be found there today in this length,” said Mertens. “Currently, a kilowatt hour costs about 100 euros depending on the copy.”

That, unsurprisingly, means that next year’s e-Tron, an electrifying SUV that uses a 95 kWh battery, will be a premium offering for customers delighted to shell out some cash.

With parent-company VW working on bringing the fetch of batteries down, and other manufacturers getting in on the fun, too, prices are likely to drop swiftly. Still, Mertens thinks the price will have to drop substantially preceding an electric A3 equivalent can be made.

“Only when we come well below that expenditure, will E-mobility in volume segments be interesting,” says Mertens.

For now, though, he says that the e-Tron drive turn a profit, but that it won’t be as big as the profit from traditionally powered cars.

Mertens also added that the e-Tron thinks have some autonomous functions, but not level 5 (full autonomy) yet.

[source: Contents EVs]

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