Petrolheads, like it or not, electric looks like it is going to be the future of the automobile and it would be daft for automakers not to invest in fully electric cars at some point. That ‘at some point’ for Audi is now, and it has just announced its first fully electric mass production car. Meet the new Audi e-tron.
The first thing you would probably notice is that it isn’t a regular sedan. Oh no, Audi is pandering to the crowd, and the crowd wants more crossover SUVs. It is a large car, this, measuring somewhere between a Q5 and a Q7. Inside, there are two electric motors pumping out 300kW or the equivalent of around 400hp. 0 to 100km/h happens in under six seconds and top speed is limited to 200km/h. Range is said to be around 400km, which is mighty impressive and probably just about enough to get you to Kuala Lumpur from here. Recharging is equally impressive too but only if you can find a 150kW DC fast charger. If you can, the Audi e-tron can achieve 80% capacity in just 30 minutes.
As some of you might already guess by now, this car won’t come cheap. It has a starting price of just under €80,000, which means it should cost well over a quarter million dollars by the time it reaches our shores. Better start saving up.