• Dec 9th 2009 at 8:06AM
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So, what's it like to strap yourself behind the wheel of the Audi e-tron? Come 2012, you may very well get to find out for yourself as that's the year the German automaker is targeting to have its torque-tastic electric vehicle on the road in production form. Until then, you'll have to be content to read about it from a lucky automotive journalist or two.

The first such outlet we know of that's had the chance to pilot the e-tron is Automobile Magazine, and the crew kindly shared their experience with the rest of us. But first they had to figure out how to get inside. Once firmly planted in the snug cockpit and sharing space with the liquid-cooled, foil-covered 53 kW lithium ion battery pack, it's finally time to hit the go pedal. Wanna know the rest? Click here for the rest of the story.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      The car looks great, and will be in a lot of showrooms. Audi has a pretty good reputation, and they are pretty darned good at marketing. They are the worlds largest auto maker they have plenty of money to develop and back their products. They also are extremely unlikely to fold up like a deck of cards. Is this a viable competitor for Tesla? I sure wouldn't sell them short! If anyone wants to spend over 100K for an electric sports car, the price is unlikely to deter them from taking a good look at this one.
      • 8 Months Ago
      53 kW battery? Really? Can the writers of an automotive blog that tends to have lots of stories about electric cars please learn the difference between power and energy? The sooner the journalists get it right the sooner everyone else will too.
      • 8 Months Ago
      costing twice as much as the tesla and worse performance... in 2012... and with a liberace front.
      I'm thinking no.

      I'm also thinking it's not an honest effort. String Merkel along while they sell crappy ICE cars. When will any of the big automakers get it right!!!
      I feel a subtitled Hitler moment coming on

      Here's what you should do. Very light weight construction, agressively pursue fiber glass technology, make it ultra aerodynamic, no more bs shark mouth, look at VW Up lite or other way to close the front. make it fixed gear electric drive. short to medium range battery electric drive with a very light bare minimum cruising backup ice generator. for an electric sports car it could be a 1 cylinder 400cc because the car is very light (sub 500kg), very aerodynamic and because it's only for autobahn cruising.

      it's possible to achieve low cost, extremely good mileage, extreme performance if you just do it right!
      • 8 Months Ago
      actually the point was that if you do it right you get high performance for free. the lighter a car is the easier it is to accelerate it fast. roughly speaking if you halve the weight you halve the acceleration time.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Audi is doing more nothing but grabbing headlines to promote their ICE cars, I always thought their ICE cars were crappy to. Jump on the band wagon with your superficial BS Audi. Every ones doing it, in the scheme of things it is pretty cheap, misleading advertisement.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Am I the only one that thinks it is ugly compared to other Audis, I mean they hit it spot on with the new A4 and R8, but this one looks hideous. They pretty much just took the R8 and made it worse.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'd prefer an EV to look smart and lean rather than the heavy brute muscle look of the R8 but yes I think it looks a little sharp in the features on the front. when I first saw the computer renderings I thought it was a fake because it was such a copy of the R8 and it didn't have the normal Audi sophistication in finish.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I hope Tesla gets credit for prodding all these johnny come lately's, yes Dan what is it with these guys making everything so inefficiently, why so expensive, powerful, over the top?, why not lightweight and inexpensive ??? what a bunch of right wing elitest twats, lets hope VW bring out something more practical, a Scirroco EV, yum!
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