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.
Many news outlets have speculated that Audi's R8 E-Tron is dead. Audi themselves seemed to confirm the program's cancelation, but recent spy photos would suggest otherwise. The all-electric R8 was spotted testing in Spain earlier this week.
We might be hearing more of this sound in the future. Nürburgring laps with aural excitement defined only by the wind and tire noise; grippingly peculiar when compared with otherwise typical roaring runs.
If you have an idea of how to change the world through innovation, Audi wants to know. The German company launched a web-based contest this morning, asking people to contribute and share their notions for improving the world through design and technology. Winners will receive $15,000 in seed money and a four-day "tech adventure" trip.