Audi files a patent for their e-quattro all-wheel drive system

 Audi files a patent for their e-quattro all-wheel drive system
Audi e-quattro patent application

Company also files paperwork for active shutter wheels

New details are starting to emerge about Audi's e-quattro all-wheel drive system.

According to a recently published patent application, the system would use an electric motor to power the rear axle.  Little else is known about the system but Autocar believes it has been designed to allow for regenerative braking. This would be beneficial in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle applications where the regenerative braking energy would be feed back into the battery.

In related news, Audi filed an application for active shutter wheels that have flaps that close to reduce drag. While they sound futuristic, Ford introduced a similar system on the Atlas concept last year.

Source: Autocar

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Comments (12)

 Coligny0 Coligny0
Sooo... Audi just discovered the secret to the JDM ewd 4wd system from nissan used in their Note tiida and Micra cars sold in snowy region... Hint, it's the cheapest and most miserable way to put pretend 4wd on a car...
February 13, 2014 3:28 am
 ValdesArtHouse ValdesArtHouse
Time will tell. Just because Audi is filing patents APPLE style and jumping on the electric bandwagon, it doesn't mean TESLA will lose it's edge. Unlike Audi, which creates models that compete with other brand's established cars, Tesla actually innovates.
February 10, 2014 5:02 pm
 mtnmotors mtnmotors
Alas, Tesla will be a boutique, at best car company. It was only a matter of time until the big boys developed their stuff. With an established world wide production and distribution network already in place.....
February 10, 2014 2:04 pm