Frankfurt 2009: Audi e-tron
* Battery-powered sportscar * Four electric motors * Shows Audi's electric commitment...
What is it?
It's a battery-powered sportscar - and what a sportscar! Just take a look at the headline stats: 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds and a limited top speed of 124mph. Pulling power is an astonishing 3319lb ft - think 10 times the torque that's produced by the V8 Audi R8. It has a range of 154 miles.
It's smaller than a R8 more like a Porsche Boxster, but a little bit shorter and a little bit wider.
The car is powered by not one, but four electric motors - a pair on the front axle and another pair on the rear - and the lithium-ion battery pack is situated at the front.
The batteries can be charged within eight hours and Audi is developing a 'wireless' docking station - a bit like an electric toothbrush charger, but for a car!
Inside, instead of the traditional instrument cluster, the e-tron has a large, fold-out central display with integrated MMI functions. It is flanked by two round dials.
The MMI is controlled via a scroll pad with a touch-sensitive surface on the steering wheel. An analogue speedometer on the right provides speed information, the instrument on the left tells the driver how much power is being drawn.