Audi, Samsung and LG team up to build Tesla competitor

Audi, Samsung and LG team up to build Tesla competitor image

Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Audi | posted August 14, 2015 14:13

Electric Audi Q6 to rival Tesla Model X

Audi has announced that it has collaborated with Korean firms LG and Samsung to power the German carmaker's upcoming electric crossover, the Q6. The concept model of the Q6 will be unveiled in the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

Audi has previewed its upcoming crossover with two design sketches and the three companies are tight lipped regarding the development of the Tesla competitor. With a target launch set at 2018, the all-electric Q6 which will eventually fall under Audi's e-Tron lineup that started with the A3. Audi claims the Q6 will have a range of almost 500 kilometers on a single charge.

LG has signed a deal with Audi to supply batteries for the carmaker last year. Samsung on the other hand has been making batteries for Renault electric vehicles. Both companies will be supplying Audi with Lithium-ion batteries to power the upcoming crossover and the tech companies will also invest in research for battery-cell technologies. The three companies aim to make electric vehicles a more attractive proposition to customers.

While Audi highlights the upcoming Q6 as a Tesla Model X rival, the future crossover will be based on an existing platform and will be available with a range of gas and diesel models.