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Production version of Audi e-tron all-electric SUV revealed in San Francisco, California

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.

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Audi announces E-Tron’s 248-mile range with a lightning-bolt display in Germany

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.

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Audi aims to debut fully electric E-Tron GT sports car in 2022

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.

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Formula E gets more exciting with the launch of Audi e-tron FE04 all-electric race car

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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

Audi revealed details of the R8 e-tron model on an article that was published in the latest issue of Encounter magazine. Audi hasn’t been shy about unveiling new details even as the automaker had suspended its development last October. In this article, Audi said that this car is a "hi-tech laboratory on wheels" which will aid in molding its "future series-production projects."

Audi doesn’t dare talk about why it failed to meet its planned 2012 launch. However, it confirmed that just nine exterior body parts (which include the doors, mirror housings and windshield crossmember) are shared with the standard production model. Because of this, the R8 e-tron has several bespoke components such as carbon fiber reinforced plastic body panels, one-of-a-kind LED taillights and distinctive side blades with illuminated "e-tron" badging.

In addition, the standard R8 has a drag coefficient of 0.35 but the R8 e-tron has just 0.27 which lengthens its range by about 40 km (25 miles). Its interior consists of a reworked cockpit with new instrumentation, a modified center console and a bespoke gear knob. It also features leather seats, carbon fiber trim, a digital rearview mirror and an MMI infotainment system with a seven-inch display.

Read the entire article Audi R8 e-Tron put in stand-by

Audi’s proposed all-electric supercar, the R8 e-tron, may be cancelled entirely, according to reports. Audi had said that the R8 e-tron may go into limited production by the end of 2012 but according to Wired, Audi is wavering and may not push through with the program at all. Audi spokesman Mark Dahncke won’t confirm if the R8 e-tron project had been abandoned.

However, he said that the company has yet to make the decision on whether the car will enter series production. He pointed out that battery technology for electric cars is still costly and heavy. The performance of an electric sports car would be affected by too much weight. Meanwhile, the public is likely to be discouraged by its high price tag. Dahncke said that the company hasn’t made a final decision about the vehicle yet.

Aside from the R8 e-tron’s weight and price, it’s possible that the project was opposed by Audi board member Wolfgang Dürheimer, who was newly named as head of Technical Development on its board. Reports indicate that he aims to refocus its research efforts from pure electric propulsion to mainstream plug-in hybrids. This indicates that projects such as the R8 e-tron are placed in jeopardy.

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Audi’s R8 e-tron was at the Nürburgring Nordschleife where it set a world record for a production vehicle with an electric drive system. The record was achieved by racing driver Markus Winkelhock who drove the high-performance, all-electric-drive sports car around the 20.8-kilometer (12.92-mile) track in only 8:09.099 minutes. The Nürburgring is the most difficult test track in the world too, making this feat even more impressive.

Audi has also been able to reach another milestone after having had overall wins at the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and Le Mans. In comparison, the present record lap driven by a combustion engined production of 7:11.57 minutes was made possibly with a Gumpert Apollo Sport, which in turn is powered by 515 kW (700 hp) Audi V8 gasoline engine.

The production model that will be launched at the market towards the end of 2012 is the same as the vehicle that Markus Winkelhock drove at the track. Its drive system goes with every detail with that of the production model that will be seen in the market at the end of 2012. This car has its usual electric motors to deliver 230 kW and 820 Nm of torque. Over 4,900 Nm (3,614.05 lb-ft) are sent to the rear wheels from a standing start. The Audi R8 e-tron can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 4.6 seconds. It can have a regularly limited top speed. It can achieve 200 km/h (124.27 mph); 250 km/h (155.34 mph), which got approval for the record-setting lap.

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It appears that not all the concepts shown at the biggest auto shows are becoming reality. It’s the case of the A2 electric city car as Audi just cancelled the project due to the fact that a 40,000 euros ($49,713) price tag would be too much for the customers.

According to Car magazine, the Audi believes that the A2 could not become a best seller in Europe and we must agree with this, as the rivals Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi iMiEV are not quite a success on the mentioned market. The A2 was meant to take on the Bmw i3. The Audi A2 concept was a purely electric vehicle powered by a lithium-ion battery that stores 31 kWh of energy, about 24 kWh of which is usable.

The vehicle delivered a total output of 116PS of peak power (80PS continuous) and 270 Nm of torque (160 Nm continuous) to the front wheels through a single-speed transmission.

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Audi revealed that it is about to start field trials of the A1 equipped with the e-tron electric drive train, stirring up some heat in the electric vehicles market in Europe. The A1 e-Tron, which was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show, will start with only 20 units to be gradually set out on the streets of Munich.

These models will be seen being driven about by mid-2011 and they will be supported by 200 new charging stations in the area that will be built by E.ON and SWM.

The trial is intended to determine factors like data transfer between the driver, vehicle, electric stations and power grid. It will also test the usefulness of smartphones as the interface for the driver.

Read the entire article Audi to launch a fleet trial with 20 A1 e-Tron electric cars in Munich

Audi's first electric vehicle dubbed e-Tron will be produced in the Neckarsulm site, which is where its Quattro division is located and where the R8 was conceptualized. In a statement, Rupert Stadler, Audi chairman of the board, said that Audi chose this site for the e-tron production due to the experience that the workers have with small series production and high performance sports cars.

He also said that by choosing this site, it means that the site will continue to play an important role in the future. Sometime in the later part of 2012, the initial batches of Audi's electric super car will be released. The car, which is rumored to be named R4, is based on the first of the three e-tron models that was launched at last year's Frankfurt Auto Show.

Four electric motors power the vehicle, with two at the front and two at the rear axle, in the truest quattro style. These electric motors deliver 313hp and 4,500 Nm of torque, enabling the car to go 100 km/h in only 4.8 sec and to achieve a top speed of 200 km/h (124.27 mph). The 53 kilowatt hours battery block provide a range of 248 kilometers (154 miles). Recharging with a regular household plug takes from 6 to 8 hours.

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Audi has finally taken the veil off its latest electrified creation at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show – the new the Audi Q4 e-tron concept. This new concept car is a compact four-door SUV that basically provides a good look at the German premium carmaker’s fifth batter electric vehicle that would enter the automotive market by the end of 2020.

Wrapped in “Solar Sky” paint finish, the exterior of the new Audi Q4 e-tron concept is only constrained by its compact dimensions pegged at 4.59 meters in length, 1.90 meters in width and 1.61 meters in height, with a wheelbase of 2.77 meters. It is almost impossible not to indentify the Q4 e-tron concept as an Audi, as the prototype is marked by on the front end by Singleframe with the four rings.

Furthermore, it is also fairly easy to distinguish the concept as an electric Audi e-tron as it features upright octagonal frame instead of a traditional radiator grille. Large inlets can be found extending from below the concept’s two matrix LED headlights to the front apron.

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According to the German premium carmaker, the production version of the Audi e-tron GT concept is set to arrive in around two years. This means that could expect the third member of the e-tron family by late 2020, with initial deliveries set in early 2021. It follows the Audi e-tron SUV as well as the Audi e‑tron Sportback scheduled for 2019.

As designed, the Audi e-tron GT concept features the proportions of a classic Gran Turismo – flat and wide with a long wheelbase – as reflected on its dimensions of 4.96 meters (16.3 ft.) in length, 1.96 meters (6.4 ft.) in width and 1.38 meters (4.5 ft.) in height. Its overall shape is marked by a gently sloping roofline extending into the rear, a cabin tapering strongly toward the rear, well-sculpted wheel arches and shoulders as well as a flat floor that is unusual for an EV. The e-tron GT concept is wrapped in a new exterior color kinetic dust, which is a warm, dark color similar to titanium.

The Audi e-tron GT concept boasts of new arrow-shaped front section marked by the hallmark Audi Singleframe with a more horizontal architecture -- the upper half featuring a cover in body color. The grille is flanked by matrix LED headlights with laser high beam as well as animated function. The large front air inlets helps in effective cooling of the assemblies, battery and brakes while the hood echoes Audi’s Aicon and PB18 e-tron show cars.

Read the entire article 2018 LA Auto Show: Audi unveils e-tron GT concept four-door coupe with a low floor

BMW’s European customers who are looking forward to have a new range extender version of the 2019 BMW i3 (BMW i3 REx) will have to bear a bad news from the German premium carmaker. They won't be able to get a new one as BMW will stop producing and offering the i3 REx in Europe starting 2019 model year.

It should be noted that BMW still listed the i3 REx in the 2019 model year specification, although its Web site aren’t offering any information about the ranger extender version anymore. This has led to confusion, with many still assuming that that REx version of the i3 would still be available for the upcoming model year. To an extent, there is some truth to this, since while the 2019 BMW i3 REx will be discontinued in Europe, it will still be offered in the United States.

At first glance, it may seem odd that BMW would discontinue the range extender version of the i3, after all the REx had accounted for 60 percent of the model’s sales, despite being around £,3150 more expensive than a standard i3, which is pure electric. However, the true appeal of the i3 REx isn't really the combination of electric motors and a range-extending two-cylinder 650-cc petrol engine to provide additional charge to the drive battery. The true charm of the i3 REx lies on fact that it allows its driver to travel more distance even when the battery pack has reached a certain low charge.

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The up-and-coming Audi E-tron GT four-door sports car is one of the electric cars that the premium carmaker has promised to deliver before 2025. But as early as now, some details have emerged about the new electric offering from Audi, as divulged by two of the company’s top men to Autocar.

First up is the expected distance that the Audi E-tron GT can travel in a single charge using just electricity. As reported by Autocar, Siegfried Pint, who serves as Technical Director Powertrain Integration at Audi, remarked that the new E-tron GT will have an electric range similar to the E-tron electric SUV. Since the E-tron SUV offers a range of 248 miles (400 km) as per WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure). Nonetheless, he noted that this range would be achieve without hindering potential of the E-tron GT four-door sports car, as this new EV would be “focused more towards power.”

Providing the power for the new Audi E-tron SUV is a 95-kWh lithium-ion battery that brings into life its two electric motors (dual asynchronous motors), with a motor placed on each axle for an all-wheel drive performance. The electric powertrain of the E-tron SUV delivers up to 265 kW (355 hp) of output and up to 413 lb-ft. of torque. But when the “boost mode” is activated, the electric motors will also deliver more power to the wheels, to up to 300 kW (402 hp) of output and up to 490 lb-ft. of torque. In this boost mode, the E-tron SUV can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds.

Read the entire article Audi E-tron GT four-door sports car to arrive in 2020 with 248 miles of range

The distance a vehicle can travel with a full tank of gas or a single full charge is important to any driver. This is why most carmakers reveal the range of their vehicle offerings. With the first example of the I-Pace already delivered to its retail customer, Jaguar has released its MPGe estimates for its electric SUV. Sad to say, but the Jaguar I-Pace doesn’t measure to its EV competitors in terms of electric range.

When Jaguar said that the new I-Pace electric SUV would be getting a large battery as its core, expectations were high for its electric range – until it release its estimated MPGe figures. MPGe stands for miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), as how the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) converts the power consumed by an EV into a term that is familiar to most Americans. MGPe is essentially how far an electric car can travel on the amount of energy that is equivalent to one gallon of gasoline.

According to Jaguar, the new I-Pace returns 80 MPGe city, 72 MPGe highway and 76 MPGe combined. This means that the Jaguar I-Pace can travel up to 234 miles in all-electric range in a single charge from its 90-kWh battery. That may sound impressive, but wait until its electric range is compared against other EVs, in particular the Tesla Model X that is considered as its main rival as both are electric SUVs.

Read the entire article Jaguar says I-Pace electric SUV has an electric range of 234 miles

The new Porsche Taycan is considered as revolutionary at the German sports car maker as the upcoming model is its first all-electric vehicle. Nonetheless, the new Taycan four-door EV will also be the starting point of a new revolution in the company. As Porsche is committing itself to electric mobility, it also has to undergo a significant change, especially in terms of production.

Porsche is currently building its conventionally powered vehicles, including its 911 sports car, using the traditional principle of an assembly line. But when it commences the production of the Taycan, Porsche will be implementing major changes for the production and assembly facilities of the new EV.

Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Board responsible for Finance and IT at Porsche, remarked that starting 2025, more than 50 percent of the Porsche models delivered are expected to be electrified. While this will require substantial investments in development, production, and staff training, Porsche believes that the carmaker will still be able to achieve a target profit margin of at least 15 percent.

Read the entire article Porsche to implement flexi-line production system for new Taycan EV