8 Cases of Audi Electric Technology
Audi's e-tron and h-tron models are looking to get us all on the road to a greener road very soon.
A3 E-Tron Plug-In Hybrid
The Audi e-tron model of the A3 has been on sale in the U.S. since 2015, much to the glee of many Audi-philes across the nation giving them a hybrid vehicle that stays true to the quality and craftsmanship of the brand. Due to the diesel emissions scandal, Audi is now pushing for the arrival of the e-tron models that will bring goodwill and zero-emission cars to the market.
A6 E-tron Plug-In Hybrid
The 2018 A6 will arrive in the second part of 2018 and will be offered with an e-tron model powertrain globally with U.S. likely. The car, much like the A3 e-tron, will be running off a turbocharged four-cylinder with an electric motor. The engine will make 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque while the electric motor pushes out 122 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Charging time will range from two to eight hours depending on where the electricity is coming from.
The R8 e-tron can be special ordered now with an all-electric drivetrain that is almost as fast as a Tesla P85D. The time, if you're wondering, for this more environmentally friendly R8 goes from 0 to 62 MPH in a rapid 3.9 seconds. The really cool news is that this model has doubled the energy density of the original R8 e-tron and has somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 plus miles of driving range available. The R8 e-tron option is a very expensive effort to make a wonderful car more environmentally friendly and is doing a tremendous service to both the earth and enthusiasts.
Audi has said that a new crossover model is coming, debuting likely in 2019, and will be the response to Tesla's Model X vehicle. It is aiming to have a 300-mile plus range and will have a size that is close to the Q7, but at a shorter ride height. The rumors are swirling about where the vehicle will slot into the lineup at Audi with some saying it will be the Q6. There are two electric motors at the rear and a single motor up in the front. The sketches for this one is fully electric but production will likely carry a hybrid model, and maybe even a hydrogen model as well.
Q7 E-Tron Quattro Diesel
New for 2016, it's the second plug-hybrid and the first one that is a diesel engine. Powering the e-tron Q7 will be a turbocharged V6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. There will be an integrated electric motor driving each of the four wheels enabling the SUV to achieve 373 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque with a 0 to 62 MPH time of six seconds.
This one is just a prototype and Audi engineers are assuredly working on bringing this one to the market at some point. Under the bevy of carbon fiber and aluminum parts used to save weight lies a 33 kW motor at the front and a 60 kW motor to the rear. The rear motor only turns on when either under acceleration or when a loss of traction occurs. A 9.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack has the duty of supplying the needed energy to the electric motors. When all of these things come together, the Audi can reach 62 mph in 5.9 seconds and has a top speed of 142 mph. When it comes to electric vehicles it's all about the range it can achieve. This particular e-tron can roam up to 25 miles solely on electric power as of this time but we're sure that number will grow.
A7 Sportback H-Tron
The sleek A7 Sportback is a beautiful sedan with lines reminiscent of a GT coupe and now emits a bit of water. The driving range on one tank of fuel is over 310 miles coming from a hybrid battery and an additional electric motor in the rear. There is a fully electronic management of torque distribution and no mechanical connection between the front and rear axle. In fuel cell mode the A7 h-tron needs only a bit over 2 lbs of hydrogen to cover 62 miles.
This car is the one that will go head-to-head with Tesla's Model S with a tag that it will be a level 4 fully autonomous vehicle. The car is aiming for a 300 plus mile driving range and will have 3 separate electric motors powered by a 95 kWh battery. It is slated to hit the marketplace in 2020 and will offer a wireless inductive charging option at 11kW as an option.
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