NAIAS: Audi e-tron, Second Generation World Debut

Only a few months since the first electric vehicle from Audi was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, the Germans from Ingolstadt took with them to Detroit a new version of the sports EV (a more good looking one, we might add), with the car boasting a wider body, as well as a wheelbase shorter than on the R8 by 22 centimeters (8.66 inches).

As with the version showcased in Frankfurt, this one too boasts high-torque power units driving the rear wheels. Together, they develop a combined output of 150 kW (204 hp) and 2,650 Nm (1954.54 lb.-ft) of torque, slingshotting the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in in 5.9 seconds. The top speed is limited to 200 km/h (124.27 mph), because the amount of energy required by the electric motors increases disproportionately to speed.

"Juice" for the power units is stored in lithium-ion batteries located behind the passenger compartment and ahead of the rear axle. The batteries have an effective energy content of 45 kilowatt-hours and allow for a range of 250 kilometers (155.34 miles) on a single charge.
Charging time is around 11 hours
, but with heavy current (400 volts, 32 amperes) outputs that time comes down cuts to about two hours.

The e-tron comes packed with all type of gadgets and technologies, including a fully automatic light assistance system which allows the headlights to recognize rain or fog and adjust the illumination accordingly.

On the interior, the e-tron features a large built-in central display with integrated MMI functions (a first for Audi), flanked by two round dials. The MMI is controlled via a scroll pad with a touch-sensitive surface on the steering wheel (“MMI touch”).

A smartphone can be integrated into the front section of the center console to be used as a car phone, address database, navigation system and video player. At the same time they can also use it as an operating unit for many specific on-board systems in the Audi e-tron.

As said after the Frankfurt show, the e-tron will go on sale in 2012 and will be limited to 1,000 units worldwide. It is unclear which version of the car will be built, or if both are to see daylight.
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