Audi R8 e-tron back on track, could be launched next year

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Audi R8 e-tron back on track, could be launched next year

Postby BMW » December 20th, 2013, 8:31 pm

Could have a range of approximately 400 km (248 miles)

Audi originally planned to launch the R8 e-tron in 2012 but the model was delayed indefinitely because they were "concerned about the limited range of pure electric cars with existing battery technology."

Fast forward to today and a new report is indicating the car is back on track thanks to advances in lithium-ion battery technology and changes in the company's research and development department.

Citing company insiders, Drive is the reporting an updated R8 e-tron will go into limited production in late 2014. Little is known about the model but it will reportedly feature a new battery pack that will enable the car to travel approximately 400 km (248 miles) on a single charge. For comparison, the original R8 e-tron had an estimated range of just 215 km (134 miles).

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It remains unclear if the car will feature carryover components but the previous model had two electric motors that developed a combined output of 381 HP (280 kW) and 820 Nm (605 lb-ft) of torque. This enabled the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph)

Source: Motor Authority


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