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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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RE: <Drool>
By scrapsma54 on 9/15/2009 12:23:04 PM , Rating: 1
Sure audi may not have come up with it, but having an electric system has so much more potential to reduce fatal accidents. Think less sensors, less mechanical parts.
There is room for way better timings than on a mechanical system, and easier management of each motor.
I may not be an expert on electric vehicles, but who is right now?

RE: <Drool>
By jlips6 on 9/15/2009 12:43:33 PM , Rating: 2

The guys on these forums are amazing. I highly reccomend visiting, even if you don't post. A great place to educate yourself about the practical application of electrical motors.

RE: <Drool>
By Spuke on 9/15/2009 1:32:11 PM , Rating: 2
Is this a technical forum or some social/political forum?

RE: <Drool>
By jlips6 on 9/15/2009 4:35:08 PM , Rating: 2
I would say it's about 80% technical. they have special forums for off topic stuff (like politics) that I don't go to. Just stick to whatever topic it is you want to learn about (provided it has to do with electrical technology). Just visit the website, the homepage has a list of forum topics. Fantastic people there.

RE: <Drool>
By Spuke on 9/16/2009 11:42:35 AM , Rating: 2
I would say it's about 80% technical. they have special forums for off topic stuff (like politics) that I don't go to.
Thanks much, I'll check it out.

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