Audi have been stepping up their research of technology to power their future electric cars. Their e-performance research project finally finished after 3 years.

Within that project, the company had partners including Bosch. They worked together at the RWTH Aachen University, developing electric technology together.

The technology that was developed can be used across a widespread number of electric car platforms. This will include Audi’s e Sport technology platform. We first saw the e performance project at Audi’s Electronics Venture GmbH on October the 1st 2009.

Audi aimed to develop a unique systems architecture which was designed to be used within electric powered cars, hybrid plug-in vehicles plus sports cars as well as saloons.

Christian Allmann, one of the project managers of Audi’s electric car project said “Our team united engineering art, creativity and a portion of lateral thinking. Young, independent free-thinkers worked together with the experts from the Technical Development departments at Audi and Bosch. We enjoyed a constant sharing of our respective knowledge and different work cultures.”

Mr Allmann also added that “From the very beginning, our initiative was the largest interdisciplinary research projects in Germany for electric cars. Everyone who was involved gained competence and provided valuable qualification among themselves according to the ‘open innovation’ principle, including for the employees at the companies and universities.”

Martin Schussler, another member of the project said “The project was very dynamic with respect to personnel and technologies, resulting in a very flexible collaboration with open interfaces,”

The project had a total budget of €36 million. Other partners involved in the project include the Institute for Power Electronic Drives (ISEA) and the Institute of Electrical Machines (IEM).The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) helped by pumping in €23 million.

The Audi electric car project was broken down into a number of sections. Each focused on different areas including dynamic stability control and the energy storage system. To begin with, the project initially started out working with advanced simulation tools which led on to the building of submodules. Eventually a vehicle that was able to be driven was developed. The e Sport model resembles that of an Audi R8 from the exterior. The technology behind it is a totally different kettle of fish. It is purely electric and capable of some magnificent capabilities.

Audi’s electric cars are sure to be groundbreaking, just like some their current conventional line-up.