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

Audi e-quattro patent application
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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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...
Feb 13th, 2014 10:28am
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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.
Feb 11th, 2014 12:02am
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hunker7 hunker7
"filing patents APPLE style and jumping on the electric bandwagon" Haven't you seen R18 e-tron? Yes, yes, they won't use flywheel, but they have enough experience when it comes to electric/hybrid cars.
Feb 11th, 2014 1:04am
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ValdesArtHouse ValdesArtHouse
They filed a patent application for something very similar to something Ford already introduced. This brings to mind APPLE filing patents for anything that someone else didn't patent right away. Audi's current and upcoming models, are reactionary to the niches that Mercedes and BMW create. However, my point is that simply because Audi produces an electric model, TESLA will not lose it's appeal or innovation edge.
Feb 11th, 2014 1:17am
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hunker7 hunker7
Whatever. On this site you can say whatever you want, and still everyone bash their heads at the wall and say BMW,BMW or Mercedes,Mercedes.
Feb 11th, 2014 3:14am
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CReeds CReeds
What does tesla have to do with this post? You're obviously obsessed with who does what first. Personally I prefer who does things best. And often there is a difference.
Feb 11th, 2014 4:13am
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ValdesArtHouse ValdesArtHouse
My comment is in response to the post saying: "Tesla will be a boutique, at best car company". Regardless of how obsessed some people are with Audi, that statement is jumping the gun.
Feb 11th, 2014 5:49am
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Garais877 Garais877
:D yeah right... all I know tesla has stolen very important name TESLA from human history and stick on they cars and pretends that have done something special... any leading car brand could make car like that if they really wanted to....
Feb 11th, 2014 4:36pm
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ValdesArtHouse ValdesArtHouse
Stolen a name from history and pretend to do something. LOL. You mean they did something anyone could have done but had not done and that's pretending to do something special.
Feb 12th, 2014 4:16pm
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Garais877 Garais877
you can think whatever you want... history is not your strongest side I see....
Feb 12th, 2014 4:25pm
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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.....
Feb 10th, 2014 9:04pm
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hunker7 hunker7
Tesla is good, I have to admit, but as you said, when big boys will show their cards, Tesla will be just another car company. Big boys just have way more resources at their disposal.
Feb 10th, 2014 9:07pm
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