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 |  Jul 21 2014, 9:02 AM

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There’s a plug-in hybrid version of Audi’s flagship sedan coming in the near future.

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 |  Jan 13 2014, 2:24 PM

 

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This ice blue beauty is new hybrid two-door sports car, but it’s not what you think.

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 |  Apr 09 2013, 11:11 AM

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Though we heard of its demise, Audi is still testing out the R8 E-Tron, raising suspicions that the electric sports car project has been revived. 

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 |  Mar 05 2013, 9:43 AM

Among the gas-guzzling supercars that debuted today at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is a new fuel sipper from Audi, the A3 E-Tron plug-in hybrid, which is said to deliver 157 mpg. 

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 |  Jan 03 2013, 12:02 PM

Although reports have spoken of its demise, the Audi R8 E-Tron may still come to fruition, though only in very limited quantities. 

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 |  Oct 24 2012, 1:32 PM

Despite previous plans for a 2013 launch, development of the Audi R8 e-Tron just ground to a halt.

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 |  Sep 11 2012, 10:31 AM

The Audi R8 E-Tron has already established itself as a performer by setting the fastest lap by an electric vehicle on the Nürburgring, and the car will be launching on the consumer market by late 2012, or early 2013.

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 |  Jun 29 2012, 7:31 AM

Subject to much curiosity in the automotive world, Audi’s R8 e-tron electric sports car set a set world record today, even if the competition is relatively sparse.

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 |  Apr 23 2012, 10:15 AM

Audi‘s future hybrid drivetrain plans became much clearer today when it debuted the A6 L e-tron concept at the Beijing Auto Show.

Based on the A6 platform, but with a longer wheelbase (designated by the “L”), we’re getting a taste of what Audi’s advanced e-tron drivetrain system will look like as it is fitted to cars starting with the 2014 model year.

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 |  Jul 14 2011, 1:21 PM

Audi has once again won the Silvretta Electric Car Rally in Austria’s Montafon region. Last year, the R8 e-tron won the competition, and this year, a Q5 also competed finishing sixth place out of 32 vehicles.

The A1 e-tron bearing the number 206 covered 307 kilometers in three days, winning the car rally. The event was held from July 7th to July 9th on “highly taxing mountain roads” with inclines up to 15 percent. Franciscus van Meel, the driver of the A1 e-tron said, “Sending an electric car into the Alps is one of the toughest challenges you can present it with. The fact that the A1 e-tron proved so impressive here is especially gratifying to me and it proves we’re on the right track with our electric mobility approach of combining an electric motor with a combustion engine”.

The A1 is fitted with a 75-kilowatt electric motor, 12-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and single-disc, and a 254-cc rotary engine. This car had enough power to propel the range-extended electric into the lead.

Gallery: Audi A1 E-tron

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 |  Jan 20 2011, 2:27 PM

If you are the extraordinarily wealthy parent of an over-indulged child that loves pre-WWII race cars, then boy do we have something for you.

Audi is showing off a miniature Auto Union Type C race car that uses electric power for motivation. Audi already sells a 1:2 scale Type C as a pedal car, but this version has an aluminum and carbon fiber body and can hit 19 mph and travel about 15.5 miles. Charging takes two hours, which is fairly reasonable. But the $15,841 price tag is not.

[Source: AutoExpress]

 |  Dec 02 2010, 11:15 PM

Audi is all about harnessing the sun for its power. In fact, at its main plant in Ingolstadt, Audi plans for its e-tron models to have their batteries charged with current obtained directly from photovoltaic equipment on the plant site.

That’s not all they’re using the sun for – by the end of the year, Audi is extending its solar energy capacity by adding on photovoltaic modules to a 7,500 square meter area of the new Audi A3 body construction building’s roof.

“This concept shows that Audi is tackling the topic of electromobility systematically,” said Plant Manager Peter Kössler. Using innovative thin-layer modules, this new photovoltaic installation meets stringent environmental protection, efficiency and flexibility standards.

For this project, Audi is once again working with Green City Energy (the automaker worked with the Munich-based company in 2009 to install photovoltaic modules on 11,600 square meters at the Ingolstadt plant). The new addition at Audi will have a peak output rating of 500 kilowatts and about 460 MWh of electricity can be generated from this new installation (that’s enough juice to power 180 households for a whole year). Thanks to this new extension, the plant will increase its total annual output from solar power 1,500 MWh.

The new addition marks the first time that solar energy generated on site has been used directly in Audi’s electricity network. As well as the new battery charging stations for electric cars, other production facilities will also use this green electricity.

Audi also uses solar power in its second German production plant in Neckarsulm. The photovoltaic installation is found on the roofs of garage parking facilities, and generates more than 1,000 MWh of electrical energy annually.

 |  Sep 10 2010, 7:33 AM

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At the upcoming Paris Auto Show, Audi will unveil its latest E-Tron version, a roadster based on the smaller rear-drive E-Tron unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. Believed to eventually be called the R4 Spyder, this concept is the latest step in bringing a new sportscar into the Audi lineup.

Like its coupe counterpart, we expect this drop-top to use a similar electric setup with 204-hp and a 0-62-mph time of 5.9 seconds. That earlier model was capable of a distance of 155 miles on a single charge, with a charge time of 11 hours through a conventional household outlet.

AutoGuide will be covering the Paris Auto Show extensively an will be sure to bring you the latest updates on on Audi’s rumored R4.

GALLERY: Audi E-Tron Debut at Detroit Auto Show

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[Source: TopSpeed via Auto Motor und Sport]

 |  Aug 04 2010, 1:44 PM

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Despite previously denying reports that an electric car based off their small A1 platform would be produced, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler confirmed that Audi would produce a small electric city car, without confirming any design or technical details.

“Almost certainly, yes, we will have a small electric car. It is being investigated,” Stadler told Britain’s What Car? The first electric vehicle from Audi is slated to be a variation of Audi’s e-tron electric supercar. The e-tron is set to bow in 2012 as a limited production, high-priced halo car.

Stadler told reporters that an electric city car will only be feasible in “three to five years” when the market for such a product matures. “What we then need are customers willing to pay a premium these vehicles demand,” said Stadler, referring to the high premiums caused by the cost of engineering an electric vehicle.

[Source: WhatCar?]

 |  Nov 20 2009, 8:37 AM

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A project that was vehemently denied to exist by Audi executives, the E-Tron electric R8, was officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany a few months back. Now it is making its first trip to the U.S., with a planned North American debut at the LA Auto Show.

Living up to its “Tron” name the oddly shaped E-Tron appears to be part Audi TT and part R8, with plenty of strange body work including a front grille that features air intakes than open when necessary to cool the electric motors. The same goes for flaps in front of the rear wheels. The headlights are original units too, with LED lighting that illuminates the entire field of vision (as opposed to having high beams and standard beams). When the car detects an oncoming vehicle, the angle of light in that car’s way is simply shut off.

The car is powered entirely by electricity with four individual motors. In total they produce a modest 313hp and a ridiculous 3,319 ft-lbs of torque. That’s no typo.

With all that power you would think this electric exotic could muster up a better 0-62 mph time than 4.8 seconds. The car’s total weight is 3527 lbs, although over 1,000 lbs of that is the battery pack situated behind the passenger compartment but ahead of the rear axle.

Like a true Audi, the E-tron is a quattro car with the four individual electric motors positioned at each wheel, ensuring power can be distributed to each corner individually.

A final piece of innovation on the E-Tron is what Audi calls car-to-x communication that allows the car to communicate with traffic lights or to know if traffic is slowing ahead or if an emergency stop of maneuver is needed.

Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen has said that a car based on the E-Tron concept will be built and rumors have suggested it will wear the R4 badge. He expects fully functional examples to be ready in two years, but a production version may take slightly longer.

See AutoGuide’s Live 2009 LA Auto Show Coverage Here Starting December 2nd

GALLERY: Audi E-Tron Debut in Frankfurt

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 |  Sep 15 2009, 7:16 AM

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After plenty of rumors, denials and leaked images that looked like a photoshop hack job, Audi has officially taken the wraps off the E-Tron Concept, an electric R8… of sorts.

And if you still find it all hard to believe, it might take some convincing to accept that the car’s power output numbers are for real. The car makes a modest 313hp and a ridiculous 3,319 ft-lbs of torque. That’s no typo.

With all that power you would think this electric exotic could muster up a better 0-62 mph time than 4.8 seconds. The car’s total weight is 3527 lbs, although over 1,000 lbs of that is the battery pack situated behind the passenger compartment but ahead of the rear axle.

Like a true Audi, the E-tron is a quattro car with individual electric motors at each wheel, powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Audi says that this allows the E-Tron an incredible amount of cornering ability, as power can be distributed to each wheel individually.

As for the car’s design, it looks very much like a real-world photoshop job, as though it was created from a solid piece of metal. The headlights differ from conventional units in that they use LED lighting that illuminates the entire field of vision (as opposed to having high beams and standard beams). When the car detects an oncoming vehicle, the angle of light in that car’s way is simply shut off.

As for that front grille, it features air intakes than open when necessary to cool the electric motors. The same goes for flaps in front of the rear wheels.

A final piece of innovation on the E-Tron is what Audi calls car-to-x communication that allows the car to communicate with traffic lights or to know if traffic is slowing ahead or if an emergency stop of maneuver is needed.

GALLERY: Audi E-Tron

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