As Tesla Motors proved mightily in 2013, an expensive EV with a long range can sell quite nicely, thank you very much. Perhaps Audi was taking notes, since its all-electric R8 E-Tron's on-again/off-again odyssey appears to be on again, according to UK's Autocar, citing Audi's Urlich Hackenburg. The model is near the approval stage for production, and the key to the green-light is the fact that its single-charge range has been almost doubled to 250 miles.

The R8 E-Tron gained kudos in these parts last June by turning in a rather brisk 8:09 time around Germany's Nurbürgring track, a record for a production electric vehicle (check out the really quiet video here). Still, plans for the 376-horsepower model, which has two electric motors and was first shown off at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2009, had been put on the proverbial blocks largely because of a relatively short single-charge range of about 150 miles. Then word came out last spring that Audi would produce maybe 10 units before reports from Australia's Drive late last year indicated that plans for potentially broader production were being resuscitated.

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      • 7 Months Ago
      That eTRON story starts to become interesting again.... 250M per charge that should be > 50KWH battery capacity, may be even 60KWH here.... My current bet is to jump into the Plug In Hybrid wagon when batteries there will reach > 40KWH means >200KM per charge, still offering a Range Extender on top of that, so I can still go on vacations "anywhere" with the same car (No room nor need for a "second car EV", need a "sole-car replacement EV"), while I only need to recharge twice per week during the year, running 100% Electric outside long/vacations trips, with no range anxiety. Now they will need to move this to a real car Formfactor, say a Q5 for me, and make a decent Bundle < €50K so I can buy it..... Just a few more efforts Audi, you're getting closed to what German cars customers would dream to buy from you... or BMW ASAP.
      Levine Levine
      • 7 Months Ago
      Another Audi publicity stunt. Audi is famous for coming up with sheet-metals that seduce the paparazzi. As for real production, Audi reply is SOP: to be determined at a future date. Essentially, Audi is a fraud.
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Audi came up with the sheetmetal of the original R8, then called the LeMans concept, and it has been in production for 6 years. In this exact sheetmetal. The paparazzi cannot see what is underneath the sheetmetal, and that is what is important in this case.
      • 7 Months Ago
      The record for a preproduction EV is currently held by the Mercedes SLS Gullwing EV at 7:56.234. Something I learned on this very website.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Whatever, call me when people actually own it. This won't happen.
      • 7 Months Ago
      I look forward to seeing the Audi R8 E-Tron's go into production. Exotic EV's like this, excite interest in EV technology, and increase acceptance for more practical EV's. The hugely expensive technical developments produced for this class of car, eventually become mass produced, standard features for economy vehicles.
      • 7 Months Ago
      The important thing about this is that higher energy density might enable the VW group to increase the EV range or decrease the weight and cost of their other BEV and PHEV models. We don't know if the new pack is around the same energy density as those that Panasonic provide for the Tesla, or more, as AFAIK Audi have not released information on the battery pack weight, but in any case as long as it is not some ultra-expensive low cycle life chemistry it should enable improvement in the slew of other offerings in the electric vehicle space the VW group has coming.
      • 7 Months Ago
      At this point, I suspect they will probably base this on the second generation R8 platform, which should be significantly lighter, and perhaps be designed from the start to accommodate the e-tron hardware.
      • 7 Months Ago
      VAG - The leader in electric vehicle press releases. And not much else.
      • 7 Months Ago
      10 Electric etrons? Well that will be put lots of pressure on telsa with its measly 25,000 cars :D Lol But if VW went from 150 to 250 miles, where will be the next tesla pack? 480 miles?
      • 7 Months Ago
      A vehicle which hasn't entered production yet cannot set a record for production vehicles at the Nurburgring.
        • 7 Months Ago
        True fact: There is no officially sanctioned organization or process that actually governs or certifies any listed times.
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'll see it to believe it. The e-tron back then also had everything lined up for production, but they dropped it at the last minute.
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