Audi will not sell the R8 e-tron due to battery technology

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 28, 2013

Although it sounded like a brilliant idea it appears that the R8 e-Tron electric sports car won’t make it into production. According to Autocar, Audi confirmed the fact that it was no plans to sell the all-electric R8. Audi built 10 of the latest design R8 e-Tron but it will use then exclusively for internal testing and developing new technologies.

These models won’t reach the customers, as Audi is not satisfied by the technology incorporated in the battery. Moreover, the costs are also a big problem because the price of the batteries didn’t fall as much as Audi forecast. Audi didn’t want to accept a limited range and a long charging time, as these are what batteries offer currently.

For those who don’t know, the Audi R8 e-Tron is able to hit 62 mph or 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 124.27 mph (200 km/h). In optimal conditions, the Audi R8 e-Tron has a range of 133.59 miles or 215 km. The R8 e-Tron is supplied with energy by a large 48.6 battery, develops 280 kW (380 hp) and 820 Nm (604.80 lb-ft) of torque.

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