A few weeks after it was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Audi e-Tron Concept has finally received the ‘go’ signal for production.

The announcement was made by Johan de Nysschen in an interview done with Autonews. Among other things, the Audi of America president said that the overwhelmingly positive response to the concept car at the IAA has resulted in the brand to release an electric version of the car, which is expected to make roll out in the US sometime in 2011 or 2012.

Powered by four electric motors on each axle, the e-Tron Concept can travel a distance of 154 miles by only using the packed lithium-ion battery inside the car. As far as performance goes, the car is capable of producing 313 horsepower and around 4,500 Nm of torque.

This one caught us by surprise, not because the car was given the green light, but because it happened sooner than we expected. Nevertheless, you can’t keep a good idea down, and judging from the response the e-Tron Concept received in Frankfurt a few weeks ago, we can safely say that Audi may have hit a goldmine with this one.


Source: Autoweek

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  (50) posted on 10.7.2009

As much as I am ambivalent towards all electrics, I do like this Audi. The 4 wheel motors has, for me, seemed to be a no-brainer since I first saw it concepted for military vehicles over 10 years ago. I saw it again on a japanese 8 wheel concept car that really hammered the point home: Each wheel motor can be smaller, lighter and unsprung. Add to that the fact that the total (smileyHP of the vehicle is the sum of the (smileyHP for each motor and you wonder why Audi’s 4 motor concept gets oohs and ahhs.

  (182) posted on 10.6.2009

Performance wise is cool. I can live with the car’s nose and its rough draft look. But definitely not color red. Red is for Ferrari, not Audi. Sorry to say but its not a goldmine for Audi. But don’t worry, we still love R8. This car is singled out.

  (180) posted on 10.6.2009

See, even Topspeed was surprised? They should have done more thinking on this matter. While we value cars that are eco-friendly, helps save the world from climate change, we also value cars of good aesthetics. I’ve seen so many cars that are eco-friendly but good-looking. Japanese Hondo Civic Hybrid is one.

  (182) posted on 10.6.2009

Well, the car’s exterior is not the main dish. It’s the performance that we are talking about. It’s eco-friendly too.

  (183) posted on 10.6.2009

Audi is about to take a suicide mission. Stop the production please? There’s so much to change. It doesn’t even look like a finish product. For me it’s just a rough draft of what they can do.

  (177) posted on 10.6.2009

Are they not planning to change its nose? I think its too big, too fat and too short. Such a waste of money. Can we still put a stop to the production?

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