Audi R8 e-tron could be Launched Next Year

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Ingolstadt based car maker,Audi, had originally planned to launch the R8 e-tron in the year 2012.  But Audi delayed the model indefinitely because they were “concerned about the limited range of pure electric cars with existing battery technology.”

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Now according to recent developments, the car is back on track thanks to new upgrades to the lithium-ion battery technology and changes in the company’s research and development department.

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According to Drive, an updated R8 e-tron is slated to go into limited production in late 2014. Not much is known about the model, but it will reportedly feature a new battery pack that will enable the car to travel approximately 400 km (248 miles) on a single charge. The original R8 e-tron had an estimated range of just 215 km (134 miles).

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Citing company insiders, Drive reports- “Our engineers and technicians are further developing the car and its electric drive system.” “The range has grown significantly, allowing the potential for a small scale production.”

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Changes to the battery setup  include an alternative chemical process, which has helped acheive an energy density greater than the original 48.6-kWh rating. A rear-wheel-drive setup and lightweight construction are expected to be retained, as well as the dual-electric motor design which delivers a combined power of 374 HP (280 KW). This setup enabled the car to accelerate from stanstill to 100 kmph in a scant 4.2 seconds, before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 200 kmph.

Stay tuned to Motoroids for more dope on the Audi R8 e-tron.

via : Drive

 

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