Audi is all set to display its electric off-roader Audi AI:TRAIL Quattro for the future of road transport. The four seater vehicle has the capacity for automated driving with superb off-road capabilities. The glass around the cabin provides unrivalled all-round visibility and the batter capacity ensures sufficient range even away from dense networks of charging stations.
Marc Lichte, Head of Design at Audi describes the design as, “With the AI:TRAIL, we are showing an off-road concept with an emissions-free electric drive for an innovative driving experience away from paved roads. Consistent with this, we designed a monolithic basic vehicle body with maximum glazing to create an intense connection to the surroundings. A concept for sustainability mobility on demand.”
On rough, rocky terrain, the architecture of the vehicle provides plenty of agility without the battery unit integrated in the floor coming into contact with the ground.
Light weight and maximum body stiffness are also some of the important technical objectives for off-roaders in particular. That is why the body of the Audi AI:TRAIL is made of a mixture of high-tech steel, aluminium and carbon fiber. As a result, it weighs just 1,750 kilograms (3,858.09 lb) despite its high-capacity battery.
The off-road vehicle introduced has a helicopter style all round visibility due to the windshield wrapped around the front of the vehicle like the cockpit of a helicopter. The interior is tidy and spacious, with just a few visible control elements.
Mobility and multifunctionality are features of the light sources of Audi AI:TRAIL. Instead of conventional headlights, self-contained light sources sit below the A-pillars and can shine both outward and inward.
The performance specifications for the AI:TRAIL are markedly different from those for conventional automobiles as the development of the car was not about achieving remarkably quick acceleration or hitting breathtaking speeds on the autobahn.