Last month, Audi introduced its electric e-tron show car at the Los Angeles auto show. Audi continued its campaign with the concept car at the North American International Auto Show.
The slick coupe features ASF lightweight aluminum and carbon construction. Compared to the original e-tron from the ’09 Frankfurst show, this one is 12.89 ft, 5.84 ft wide and 4.00 ft tall (the original measured 13.98 ft, 6.23 ft and 4.04 ft). And despite a heavy lithium ion battery, the 201hp car weights only 2976 lb allowing a 0-62mph acceleration in just 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 124mph. And its operating range is estimated at 155 miles per each full charge.
Two electric motor distribute power to the wheels. Its low weight, short wheelbase and perfect weight distribution allows the e-tron to have a go-kart-like drivability.
The batteries are strategically located behind the passenger compartment ahead of the rear axle - this is optimal for the car’s balance.
Audi bases the components in this electric vehicle with many revolutionary details: a heat pump as an efficient means of heating up and maintaining the interior temperature. The drive system, power electronics and battery have innovative thermal management - important for maintaining a high operating range matched with interior comfort.
The e-tron is an exciting car giving us a glimpse of the future of European automobiles. It will be exciting to see one of these sporty Euro electric cars in mass production in years to come.