Ah, the Audi. Much like my love for Aston Martin, it knows no bounds.
Except for one.
I’ve heard painfully little about Aston Martin in their quest to have eco-friendly models shown and put into production lines.
So for now, the Audi takes center stage.
The Audi 2.0 E-tron (which previously made rounds at LA Auto Show and Frankfurt Auto Show as 1.0) is a simpler and less powerful, but streamlined for production, model than was conceived initially. It seeks to unseat the popular Tesla Roadster and Fisker Karma as the most exciting EV on the road in 2012.
Styling influences for the Audi E-tron comes from its siblings, the TT and S5. It’s proportions make it a very lean car, smaller than the first e-tron. The 2.0 model can go from 0 – 100 km/hr in 5.9 seconds, which is one second slower than the 1.0 model and two seconds slower than the Roadster. The space frame is made of aluminum and carbon fiber, and the majority of the body panels are fiber-reinforced.
The E-tron has claims of 155 miles range, with an eleven hour charge time at 220 volts. Charge it at 440 volts, and the time is cut to two hours.
Audi developers market this vehicle as production intent with a floor introduction by 2012.