Luxury meets new energy
An impressive 80 km on pure electric power at 60 km/h is possible using the A6 L e-tron concept. Existing Audis using electric power as part of a hybrid drivetrain are capable of 3 km at best.
The first luxury-class e-tron concept car from Audi, the concept is a plugin hybrid specifically designed to fulfil Chinese needs. Audi describes it as an important step towards future electric mobility in China.
Based on the new A6 L – the most successful premium car and Audi’s best-selling model in China – the e-tron concept uses a parallel hybrid system that combines a 155 kW 2,0-litre direct injection petrol engine and a 70 kW electric motor. Parallel architecture means that the drive system is able to operate using petrol, electric or hybrid drive and can recover energy during deceleration.
e-tron refers to technologies ranging from PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to range extenders and finally vehicles powered purely by electric batteries or fuel cells. An R8 e-tron will be released in limited numbers this year and Audi is testing smaller vehicles with an eye on production, starting with the A3 e-tron in 2014.