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Audi e-tron
Concept has four electric motors and a single battery pack

The world of electric and hybrid vehicles is progressing and growing at a rapid pace. While most people still think of hybrids and electric vehicles as low performance machines, there are an increasing number of high-performance electric vehicles being unveiled.

The first high performance EV was the Tesla Roadster with good performance thanks to the impressive torque of the electric motor. Audio has unveiled its latest concept car at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt called the Audi e-tron which just so happens to look like an electrified Audi R8.

The most impressive feature of the concept isn’t just its all-electric power train, but its tremendous amount of torque. Audi claims that the e-tron has a torque rating of  3,319.03 lb-ft. All that torque is generated by four individual electric motors situated at each wheel allowing the vehicle to be all-wheel drive.

The car has a total of 313 HP and promises to hit 60 mph in about 4.8 seconds. A more impressive number is that the car can go from about 37 mph to 74 mph in only 4.1 seconds. The all-electric range for the lithium-ion battery pack is 154 miles.

The EV is a large beast at 3,527 pounds and it measures in at 74.5-inches wide x 167.72-inches long and 48.43-inches tall with a wheelbase of 102.36-inches. The massive single battery pack alone weighs 1,036 pounds.

"We are trying to find a concept that requires no compromises," says Michael Dick, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, Technical Development. "Electromobility means more to us than just electrifying conventional cars. Instead, we are dedicated to a holistic approach to all aspects of the topic."

Audi's American President called potential Volt buyers idiots not long ago and then quickly claimed he forgot what he said. There was only speculation surrounding the Audio EV concept at the time the comments were made.

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Pot-pourri of units, affff......
By rbfowler9lfc on 9/15/2009 10:59:44 AM , Rating: 2
about 37 mph to 74 mph

promises to hit 100km/h

pack is 248 km

large beast at 3,527 pounds

Choose either Imperial or SI, would you please!!

RE: Pot-pourri of units, affff......
By chrnochime on 9/15/2009 12:57:18 PM , Rating: 2
The problem is the vast majority of ppl in the States can't understand how much a 1500kg car weighs(yes I know I wrote the weight, but tell that to an average American and you'd draw a blank stare), whereas 3300lb means something to their brains. Speed is somewhat less of a problem, for some odd reason.

There are only a handful countries left on Earth who can't be swich to the metric system for whatever reason...

By PrinceGaz on 9/15/2009 5:38:36 PM , Rating: 2
I would have thought giving the weight of a car in Kg is one of the easiest metric units to get used to. A ton is near enough 1000Kg (a metric-ton or tonne is exactly 1000Kg). Surely if you told someone a car weighed 1500Kg, they'd know what a ton and a half is?

Anyway, all countries use the metric system when it comes to science and technology, even if most of the general public in some of them don't.

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