• Dec 18, 2009
Dan Neil drives the Audi e-tron – Click above to watch video

The LA Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning auto critic, Dan Neil, had a chance to sample the Audi e-tron while the electric R8 (R8e?) was down in So. Cal. for the LA Auto Show, and he's suitably impressed with the nine-month-old prototype that -- unlike your average concept -- is actually functional.

Not only does it go, stop and turn, the e-tron has a fully functional climate control system, power windows, MMI system and a host of other gadgets on board, making it a rarity in the world of one-off concepts. Granted, it's still just an overly-stylized mule (thankfully, the million-spoke wheels were dispatched in favor of the R8 V10's hoops), but this is less about the driving experience (although Neil raves about the dynamics and power delivery) and more about the world's largest automakers getting into the electric vehicle game.

Neil's primary point is that while Tesla and Fisker are laying the foundation for EV proliferation, automakers like Audi, Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen all have electric whips in the works. Neil contends that the standards set by the major OEMs are what's going to drive EVs into the mainstream and if the e-tron (and the forthcoming electric Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG) are any indication, enthusiasts can have their cake and eat it too. Check out the full write-up and hit the jump for Dan's video review.



[Source: LA Times]




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      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess these major companies are relying on global warming so their products can sell everywhere.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is global cooling.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You all are real funny.
        Did you notice this year your food bill go up? Ever wonder if it had to do with the US and World Drought. Keep listening to the FOX sellouts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Synagogues?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I do believe there is a faith known as judaism and that said jewish follks worship at said places.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sadly, getting the price of lithium to commodity levels will depend on those who hold it in great quantity, Bolivia and Chile.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mod me down all you want, people, but Audi seems to go out of their way to build ugly front clips. That's hideous.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i see they got rid of the dayton 100 wheels. good move.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great looking car.....I'll take an orange one with an LS-9/six speed please!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thats funny manuel, I was thinking that same thing after I posted earlier.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Alright, I'm doing a 180 on this car. Now that i know the odd mach 3 treatment to the back is functional, and the interior as well. Props to Damon as well " enthusiasts can have their cake and eat it too." that sums it up. I normally scoff @ 100mi range, but to an enthusiast, for a weekend car, or whatever, that's fine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      e-bland
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thanks but no thanks.
      So for $200,000 I have a useless car.

      I'm down in Detroit at the club, I meet a hot girl and she says cool car, let's go to Chicago for the weekend. I reply no, sorry, we will never reach that far before the battery runs out, and even if we did make it there, we may not find somewhere to recharge the car.

      Regular R8, put gas in the tank in about 5 minutes and you are good to go. And you can do that as long as you want as long as you have money in your pocket or the bank.

      2 to 8 hours to recharge the car, no way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Audi pretty much done everything awesomely in the past 5 yrs which will put itself ahead in the technology race over its German siblings.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, so nice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        hahaha oh the irony. There is a generator that is producing electricity to charge the car next to the tent.
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