With the current onset of Electric Car Industry and boost given in the US government, Audi has also joined the club with latter fellow Tesla and other players like BMW and Mercedes. Audi released its new version named R8 E-tron at the Geneva Motor show with 456 horse power, 679 pounds-feet of torque and 280 miles range on a single charge. The inspiration is to build a future sedan model, Audi says.
Whether or not the phrase was juiced up in translation, we love Audi’s description of the R8 as the brand’s “dynamic spearhead,” the fastest series-production model the automaker has ever delivered. The electric version arrives with the most eye-popping statistics this side of Tesla.
Compared to the original concept, the R8 e-tron appearing in Geneva will double the horsepower, torque, and range quotes. Audi says it managed this feat by developing (on its own) new battery technology that delivers more power without changing the placement or size of the pack. A T-shaped battery sits in the center of the car behind the occupant seating for a low center of gravity. As for performance, the R8 e-tron will hit 60 miles per hour from a standstill in 3.9 seconds by relying on its 0.28 drag coefficient.
The numbers top any Tesla Model S outside the explosive P85D — 691 horsepower, to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds — yet Audi says the R8 e-tron is going to be a special edition EV that serves as a “mobile high-tech laboratory” to inform a future sedan design.
The BMW i3 is cute but can’t go terribly far and isn’t a luxury sedan. The i8 is a rock star of a coupe that is more supercar than electric warrior. In other words, BMW is like its German rivals in that it has no competitor to Tesla on the road or in the works. Rumors of a plug-in BMW electric vehicle in development suggest things will change only slightly on the brand’s EV front in the coming years.
We are sure the competition is going to build up more with perks given by the government. Although there have been many hybrid cars in the market, a full electric drive is going to bring the difference where Tesla still leads the league. The has been a very slow market growth related to electric vehicles in India but many startups are trying to push it to the limit to make a eco friendly transport system.