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  (Source: Autoblog)
Audi continues to refine its vision for electric vehicles

Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen isn't a fan of electric vehicles. As DailyTech has pointed out in the past, de Nysschen has called people that would buy a Chevrolet Volt "idiots" and noted that full electric vehicles are "for the intellectual elite who want to show what enlightened souls they are."

Perhaps de Nysschen should communicate a little more frequently with the product planners within his company because Audi has unveiled yet another all-electric vehicle concept at the Detroit Auto Show. Even more interesting -- and likely to be a thorn in de Nysschen's side -- is that this new concept is looking closer to production then the previous all-electric concepts from Audi.

The new e-tron, according to Autoblog, weighs in at a relatively light (for an all-electric vehicle) 2,976 pounds. In addition, the vehicle features a more production feasible powertrain complements of four hub motors putting out a total of 204 hp. In addition, the vehicle can hit 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and can go for up to 155 miles on a single charge.

Audi previously showed off an "electrified" version of its Audi R8 supercar, the e-tron, which sported electric engines producing a total of 313 hp and an earth moving 3,316 lb-ft of torque. The battery pack alone weighed in at a massive 1,036 pounds.

A production version of the concept you see to your right will be hitting U.S. streets within two years -- someone should get Johan de Nysschen some Tums.





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