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After months of previewing the e-tron all-electric sports utility vehicle through prototypes wrapped in bright orange and black camouflage, Audi has finally unveiled the final production version of the SUV in San Francisco, California.
The all-new Audi e-tron full-size SUV is the brand’s first fully electrically powered series production model, boasting of an electrifying appearance that betrays its zero-emission intensions. Wrapped in blue finish with a number of chrome accents, the new Audi e-tron comes with a light gray Singleframe grille, expressive sill area and an electric tailboard.
Audi first teased the e-tron in 2016 as its first tangible response to the plan by parent Volkswagen Group to electrify its entire vehicle lineup by 2030. Just like Audi’s other premium offerings, the new e-tron offers a new level of spaciousness and comfort inside. The interior of the new e-tron is marked by high-quality materials and fine workmanship, as well as a number of helpful technologies like the navigation with the e-tron route planner.Read the entire article Production version of Audi e-tron all-electric SUV revealed in San Francisco, California
Audi has unveiled an all-electric concept car at the Pebble Beach Automotive Week in Monterey, California that visualizes a radical electrically powered driving machine for both the road and the race track. The all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron Concept is essentially a design and technical study of a futuristic high-performance sports car.
Basically, the PB18 e-tron boasts of a technical concept built from Audi's years of victories at the Le Mans, as implemented through the carmaker’s high-performance arm -- Audi Sport GmbH. The “PB18” in its name refers to the place and year (Pebble Beach and 2018) it was unveiled, while the “e-tron” signifies the fact that the concept shares the technological DNA with the Audi R18 e-tron, the carmaker’s high successful LMP1 racing car.
In terms of dimensions, the PB18 e-tron is similar to a classical sports car – it measures 4.53 meters (14.5 ft.) in length, 2 meters (6.4 ft.) in width and 1.15 meters (4.6 ft) in height, with wheelbase of 2.70 meters (8.9 ft) and short overhangs.Read the entire article Audi PB18 e-tron is an all-electric high-performance concept with the driver in full control
To make the annual Worthersee Meet more interesting, Audi decided that that they should electrify the event. And that’s why they brought in a prototype Audi E-tron Quattro towing the E-Tron Vision Gran Turismo Concept. It’s interesting to see two models that represent the company’s future at an event that largely celebrates an iconic model from VW Group’s history.
Firstly, the E-Tron Quattro will be Audi’s first dedicated electric vehicle, which is scheduled to be sold in Europe by the end of the year. In fact, the automaker has already been testing the 250-member fleet of the said model around the world as a means to build buzz and to work out the final details.
Right now, the electric crossover is equipped with a 95 kilowatt hour battery pack that enables the car to drive as far as 248.5 miles (400 kilometers) in the new WLTP driving cycle. As for the powertrain, specs aren’t as clear but the electric motors allegedly produce a total of 435 horsepower (320 kilowatts) or 503 horsepower (379 kilowatts) when there is a temporary power boost.Read the entire article Audi E-Tron Prototype has been spotted towing the Vision Gran Turismo to Worthersee
Undoubtedly, the Audi E-Tron is one of the most highly anticipated models out there. And guess what? It was only days ago that the electric SUV had been spotted testing out its zero emissions powertrain on the Green Hell. And we have the spy shots to prove this. But even as the hype is getting high on its arrival, the buzz now is on how Audi presented the official range figures for the new SUV.
Audi brought its E-Tron prototype to the Siemens AG facility in Berlin, Germany. Here, the company decided to shock the E-Tron (literally) with a Faraday cage with a high voltage lightning bolt, and guess what happened to the vehicle? It only got minor burn marks on the roof.
During this shocking presentation by Audi, the new E-Tron’s range was announced. That being said, Audi said that the SUV will have a range of 400 kilometers (248.5 miles) in the European WLTP driving cycle. Take note that they have not released figures for the US just yet. We’re all eagerly looking forward to that information.Read the entire article Audi announces E-Tron’s 248-mile range with a lightning-bolt display in Germany
Audi’s e-tron Vision Gran Turismo is an all-electric concept car that resides in the world of virtual reality. More specifically, it is one of the cars that could be played in the popular PlayStation game “Gran Turismo.” Now, it is possible to see the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo concept car in real life, when you watch Formula E races.
A result of the collaboration between Audi and Gran Turismo creators Sony and Polyphony Digital, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo was created by talented Audi designers exclusively for the “Vision Gran Turismo” contest that was part of the 15th anniversary celebrations of the Gran Turismo. Other carmakers also took part in the contest and had their designers develop virtual race cars.
Interestingly, several of the Vision Gran Turismo cars – including the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo -- were consequently built as full-scale models and presented at a number of shows. However, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo is the first to be deployed to real-world race tracks as a fully functional car. It will be making its race track debut in Rome on April 14, to be deployed as a race taxi for the Formula E event. From there, the Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo will be making its appearance in other Formula E’s city circuits in 2018.Read the entire article Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo jumps from virtual game to Formula E as race taxi
Audi’s first all-electric model is on the way, and the German premium carmaker is brandishing a new model -- the Audi e-tron prototype SUV – at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. This new prototype serves as a precursor of an upcoming all-electric sporty SUV from the brand with the four rings.
The Audi e-tron prototype is wrapped in camouflage, but this isn’t the traditional prototype disguise. Whereas traditional camouflage is intended to conceal the true appearance of a certain new model before they are officially revealed to the public, the one worn by the vehicle simply reveals the status of this study as a prototype that will be used for various tests.
The camouflage worn by the e-tron prototype is a specially developed design film that expresses the vehicle’s designation as an e-tron model. The camouflage is basically a distorted e-tron lettering that spans from the front end, through the flanks, over the roof and to the rear end.Read the entire article Audi unveils camouflaged e-tron prototype SUV at 2018 Geneva Motor Show
Audi has not been silent about its plans to offer full electric vehicles starting 2020. Earlier, this year, Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler revealed plans to release an electric SUV, a compact EV and electric sports car. Now, a recent report revealed that this new electric sports car already has a name – the Audi E-Tron GT.
This was announced by Peter Mertens, a member of the Audi management board, during an interview with Auto Motor Und Sport. The new electric sports car will be a battery-powered all-electric unit that will be underpinned by the same platform that would underpin the upcoming Porsche Mission E, which is also an electric sports car in the making. This architecture is the so-called Premium Platform Electric (PPE), which is to some extent the luxury version of the MEB platform of the VW Group. Around 60 percent of the vehicles underpinned by PPE would be Audi models, while the rest would be Porsche units.
Porsche has promised to deliver its first all-electric sports car by 2019, while Mertens indicated that Audi will release the E-Tron GT in 2022. Of course, the final production version of the Mission E would contain design elements that would make it easily recognizable as a Porsche. The same would be true for Audi’s upcoming electric sports car; the E-Tron GT would don distinctive design and styling elements that would make it effortlessly identifiable as an Audi. The E-Tron GT is expected to borrow a number design cues from Audi’s newer concept cars like the Q8 as well as from Audi’s other EVs like the outgoing R8 E-Tron.Read the entire article Audi aims to debut fully electric E-Tron GT sports car in 2022
After four decades of being an expert in the motorsport industry, Audi will be the first German automaker to compete in Formula E. This will be done to test the development of new technologies to be used in production, according to the Member of the Board of Management, Peter Mertens.
After a number of powertrains like the quattro, TFSI, TDI, hybrid drive and many others, the single-seater race car will test electric mobility as it relates to what the 2018 Audi e-tron will use. Recently at the IAA, the automaker did say that over 20 electrified models will be part of their lineup just before 2025, and this includes Plug-in hybrids and fully electric cars.
The automaker will be allowed to develop the powertrain, which includes the transmission, motor, parts of the suspension and the software. What’s in the heart of the Audi e-tron FE04 will be the motor and transmission. The motor generator unit was designed for greater efficiency and so the engineers put a lot of their time and effort into this. In the 2017/2018 season, Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler will only be using a high-efficiency transmission with only one gear, to deliver power to the wheels.Read the entire article Formula E gets more exciting with the launch of Audi e-tron FE04 all-electric race car
Audi has been hard at work as it is kicking off a new breed of SUVs, just like the E-Tron Sportback that made its debut earlier and is set for production in 2019. The Sportback looks sleeker and sexier than the standard E-Tron that will come out next year. But these developments give rise to artists who would like to reimagine a model and explore the possibilities. Now, Lorenzo Mariotti used his Autodesk skills to design something that got inspiration from the E-Tron models - a Q4 E-Tron Concept. The concept combined high tech elements with the electric coupe concept that sits on massive wheels.
From the outside, it has a long wheelbase with shorter front and rear overhangs. This design can be very functional as it maximizes the interior space of the SUV. The front fascia introduces a new single frame grille complemented with slim laser LED headlights. The design gives it a sleeker, more modern representation of Audi's SUVs. However, the Q4 E-Tron is currently going to remain in the virtual world.
What makes it even more futuristic is the fact that the design, like the E-Tron Sportback and Q8 concept, does not incorporate conventional door handles for a seamless side profile. The side mirrors and cameras had also been taken out to make it look totally sleek. But how would you see what's behind you? What will replace these that can provide the same functions? The answer lies in future technologies.Read the entire article Futuristic Audi Q4 E-Tron concept from Lorenzo Mariotti looks promising
Audi has just introduced its new flagship model -- the 2018 Audi A8 (D5) – following a slew of teaser photos and short videos in the past few months. Aside from its gasoline (petrol) and diesel versions, the new Audi A8 flagship will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) – as the A8 L e-tron quattro -- but a later date. But as to when the PHEV would arrive in the United States, it is reportedly going state-side not this year or in 2018, but sometime early 2019.
According to a report from InsideEVs, a spokesperson from Audi disclosed that the A8 L e-tron quattro is likely to be available to US clients in 2019, although an official decision over the matter has yet to be made, or to be disclosed. As expected, the A8 L e-tron quattro would have its debut in Europe in the middle of 2018. Audi also intends to sell the plug-in hybrid version of its new flagship model in the Far East, particularly in China, at around the same time as in the US (2019).
As Audi announced, the German premium carmaker will initially offer the new A8 two extensively reengineered turbocharged V6 engines – a 3.0-liter TFSI gasoline mill and a 3.0-liter TDI diesel unit. The 3.0 TFSI V6 engine is tuned to deliver 460 hp (338 kW) while the 3.0 TDI mill is engineered to generate 435 hp (210 kW). These V6 engines will be followed soon by two eight-cylinder units: a 4.0 TFSI gasoline engine that delivers 460 hp (338 kW) and a 4.0 TDI diesel unit that generates 435 hp (320 kW). Topping the range is a 6.0-liter W12 mill. All of these engines will be complemented by a mild hybrid technology, an extended start/stop function and an energy recovery output.Read the entire article Audi A8 L (D5) e-tron may arrive in the United States as early as 2019
Audi currently does not have any fully electric model that they can call their own after the R8 E-Tron has been discontinued last year. But this year, they showed us concepts of the E-Tron Quattro and the E-Tron Sportback (at Auto Shanghai), and the good news is that the zero-emissions SUV will finally begin production at their Brussels, Belgium factory. The SUV will then be followed by its sleeker counterpart, the Sportback, in 2019.
What sets the E-Tron Sportback apart from the others is the fact that it is a “four-door gran turismo”, with a powertrain of 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts) at standard, and an impressive 496 horsepower (370 kilowatts) when the boost mode is activated. In just four and a half seconds, it can hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour). That’s very impressive for a full electric vehicle, but we shouldn’t be too excited until the production model has been tested, and that’s a long while from now.
In today’s world, there is this thing we call “range anxiety”. It simply refers to the stress or anxiety that people who own EVs get, knowing that their car runs on battery power, and that it can simply shut off when the battery gets drained. So the issue is whether they would get to their destination before they’ll have to recharge their vehicles, especially for long distance drives.Read the entire article Audi E-Tron Sportback confirmed to hit production in 2019
A couple of days ago, Audi announced an update in terms of the pricing of their 2018 lineup. With the price increase, several models will have more features as standard equipment while there will be more models that will have sportier interior and exterior design packages.
The Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron had always been a successful model since it was first released in the United States. Sales charts of the said model from January 2016 up until March this year indicate that the model is doing well. In fact, the model made up around 13 percent of all Audi A3 sales in its first eight months, and by last December, the percentage went up to 20 percent.
The 2017 model was first sold with a price tag of $37,900, and it soon increased to $38,900. And naturally, there will be a price increase for the 2018 year model, with the Premium trim at $39,500, the Premium Plus at $42,600, and $48,100 for the range-topping Prestige. That is about $600 to $1,300 more than the previous model.Read the entire article There has been a noticeable price hike for the 2018 Audi A3 E-Tron
Two years ago at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi presented the E-Tron Quattro to the public. This gave us an idea that they will soon be producing crossovers. The Quattro will be moving into production by 2018, and a year later, a coupe version of it will follow. This crossover-coupe they call the E-Tron Sportback made its debut at the Auto Shanghai in China just this week, along with two other electric concepts from competitors: the VW I.D. Crozz and the Skoda Vision E.
Similar to Volkswagen I.D. Crozz, Audi’s E-Tron Sportback also features light emitting diodes. The four-rings brand not only equips this new concept with full LED headlights and taillights. It also gets an illuminated Audi logo. Instead, it is supposed to have approximately 250 extra LEDs located around the front bumper, precisely on both sides of the corporate singleframe grille. But these lights do not only have one purpose - they are made to communicate with other cars on the road forming different light patterns - from shapes to numbers as seen on its concept video debut.
The E-Tron Sportback isn’t just about smart LEDs. At 4.9 meters long, 1.98 meters wide, and 1.53 meters tall, this coupe has a strong electric powertrain that can produce as much as 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts), and can reach a peak of 496 horsepower (370 kilowatts) when the boost mode is activated. Taking only 4.5 seconds, this little EV can accelerate up to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) from a standstill.Read the entire article Hi-tech Audi E-Tron Sportback concept has over 200 LED lights
Audi has been delighting fans and critics alike with teaser videos of its newest concept fitted with numerous LEDs. The German automaker is back to show off a more “substantial” preview of its latest creation – now complete with a name and a few adjacent sketches, enough to reveal its body style and a few exterior features. Ready to know more about it? Here goes.
We’ve come to know that Audi’s latest creation is called the Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept. However, despite being called a “Sportback,” we’re expecting this concept car to be a crossover-coupe combination. From the photos released by Audi themselves, we can conclude that the E-Tron Sportback Concept isn’t just a typical hatchback like the A3 Sportback as it’s something far better.
As expected (and as depicted in design teaser sketches), the concept is fitted with a set of oversized wheels. Its heavily sloped roofline ending is reminiscent of a coupe but accentuated by an interesting spoiler which features two arches on both sides. The E-Tron Sportback does without the conventional side mirrors (also an expected move), with cameras on its stead, giving the concept car a sleeker look.Read the entire article Audi teases us with image of new E-Tron Sportback Concept ahead of Shanghai Auto Show
Too pricey even for an electric supercar? Or did Audi just give up too soon? Dreadful sales perhaps? Whatever the reason is, the fact is that Audi has officially stopped production of its all-electric R8 e-tron rear-wheel-drive coupe, just around a year since it launched this eco-friendly supercar to the market.
Audi first unveiled the production version of pure-electric R8 e-tron at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. It was intended to be a showcase of Audi’s advanced battery technology and expertise in electrical system before it launches more practical electric vehicles, including a production version of the Audi e-tron quattro concept in 2018. It is underpinned by the same platform that underpins the conventionally powered R8, but employs pure electric power as propulsion.
The 532 bhp 5.2-liter V10 engine in the R8 has been replaced by an electric powertrain that includes a 92 kWh lithium ion battery that sends power to two electric motors that generate a combined 456bhp of max output and 679 lb ft of peak torque.Read the entire article Production of Audi R8 e-tron electric supercar comes to an official halt
Audi is launching the e-tron quattro concept: a statement of how the brand sees electric mobility in the future. The all-electric drive system found on the new concept car combines well with the aerodynamic design. Its dynamic appearance is highlighted by the fact that its flat greenhouse narrows to the rear.
The e-tron quattro has a length of 4.88 meters, a width of 1.93 meters, and a height of 1.54 meters. SUVs in general have a drag coefficient of more than 0.30 but the e-tron quattro stands at 0.25. This is the reason why Audi’s SUV can go for more than 500 kilometers or 310 miles.
When the car reaches speeds of 50mph or more, the many aerodynamic elements on its hood, flanks, and rear portion are activated electronically and direct the air flow as necessary in order to improve the flow around and through the car. This is the result of rigorous development work on the wind tunnel. When inside the car, engine noise as well as wind noise cannot be heard. Thus, one is able to enjoy the full pleasure of driving an electric car in almost complete silence.Read the entire article Audi e-Tron Quattro Concept previews an electric future at Frankfurt
Audi has announced that local production of the A6 L e-tron in China will start in 2016. The very fuel-efficient and powerful A6 L e-tron sedan was developed especially for the market in China. The plug-in hybrid drive produces 180 kW (245 hp) and boasts an average fuel consumption of only 2.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (106.9 US mpg).
The automaker had launched the e-tron era in the Chinese market with the imported A3 Sportback e-tron in 2015. The A6 L e-tron is derived from the long version of the Audi A6, which is already in production in China. It has the configuration of a very efficient parallel hybrid, which means that its two drives are positioned one directly at the back of the other.
The 2.0 TFSI is a highly advanced, four-cylinder gasoline engine that can deliver 155 kW (211 hp) and 350 Nm (258.1 lb-ft) of torque. It is equipped with a disk-shaped electric motor that produces 91 kW and 220 Nm (162.3 lb-ft) of torque. When working with a decoupler, this is integrated into the eight-speed tiptronic transmission, shifting the power to the front wheels.Read the entire article 2016 Audi A6 L e-tron unveiled in China
Audi has just introduced the new R18 e-tron Quattro, an updated version of last year’s vehicle which will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and in the Le Mans 24 Hours. The R18 e-tron Quattro will compete in the 4-megajoule class and features a twofold quantity of hybrid energy, revised aerodynamics as well as a lot of detailed work.
If you take a closer look to the previous model, you will see that the new R18 e-tron Quattro features an updated design, although its basic structure is closely akin to its predecessor. The new look includes a new way of conducting airflow around and through the front end, larger air inlets in the front wheel arches as well as redesigned headlights which feature Matrix LED technology combined with Audi Laserlight.
Audi says that it adopted the monocoque from the previous model, while the hood with the front wing and wheel arches feature a new design. The German carmaker doubled the amount of energy from 2 to 4 megajoule per race lap at Le Mans.Read the entire article 2015 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro received a new design, becomes more fuel-efficient
The all-new Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro was introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor and became the world’s first TDI plug in hybrid with Quattro drive. According to the manufacturer, the vehicle uses a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine and an electric motor that produce a total output of 373 hp (275 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.
According to Audi, the diesel engine produces 258 hp (190 kW) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque, while the disk-shaped electric motor provides 94 kW and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. The hybrid system is able to push the Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds, while top speed is 225 km/h or 139.8 mph.
Moreover, the Q7 e-tron offers an all-electric range of up to 56 kilometres (34.8 miles). What’s more impressive is that according to ECE standard for plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Audi Q7 e-tron Quattro will need only 1.7 liters of diesel fuel per 100 km (138.4 US mpg), while CO2 emissions are less than 50 grams per km.Read the entire article 2015 Geneva: Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro is the first diesel plug-in hybrid with quattro drive
Besides the 2016 Audi R8 V10 and R8 V10 Plus models, the German manufacturer also announced the R8 e-tron 2.0, an updated version of its high-performance electric sports car. Although there are no official photos released yet, the new R8 e-tron promises to be a rival for all the current electric sports cars as it will offer an electric range of 540 km (279.6 miles) instead of previous 215 km (133.6 miles).
According to the German manufacturer, the energy density of the battery was increased from 84 Wh/kg to 154 Wh/kg. And speaking of the battery, the R8 e-tron 2.0 uses a large T-shaped battery structurally integrated into the center tunnel and behind the passengers cell, which means that it supports the dynamics of the R8 with its low center of gravity.
The newly developed lithium-ion technology was specially developed for a purely electric vehicle and the battery capacity increased from 49 kWh to 92 kWh. The total output of the R8 e-tron 2.0 is 340 kW or 455.7 hp and an impressive 920 Nm (678.6 lb-ft) of torque. Audi says that its new electric sports car is able to zoom from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 210 km/h (130.5 mph) or 250 km/h (155.3 mph).Read the entire article 2016 Audi R8 e-tron 2.0 announced with 450 km range
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