This is the car Audi claim will be able to travel the equivalent of Dublin to Galway and back on one charge of electricity.
The Audi e-tron quattro concept,Â recently shown at the Frankfurt Show, is the springboard for the companyâ€™s first large-scale electric car which we can expect by 2018.
It will, Audi promise, have a range of more than 500kms (310 miles) which means it should have no bother doing the coast-to-coast trip on one â€˜fillâ€™ of electricity.
The concept has all-wheel steer and e-quattro drive. One of its electric motor drives the front axle and two power the rear.
Helping stretch the mileage is the conceptâ€™s low drag coefficient of 0.25.
Being an electric vehicle, you will also get a huge boost of acceleration and torque that make it drive like a sports car. The downside is that it will drain battery energy much more quickly. Nonetheless, the acceleration figure of 0-100kmh in 4.6 seconds will surely tempt prospective buyers.
On a wider perspective, the ability to make cross country trips on a single charge would revolutionise how we think about electric cars. Being able to travel 500km would erase most of the â€˜range anxietyâ€™ (will I have enough power to get me where Iâ€™m going?) currently associated with the genre.
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