Audi will introduce a production e-tron in the US within the next 2 to 3 years. Audi US boss Johan de Nysschen says he expects to see the all-electric supercar testing within 2 years.
Audi has officially told Autoweek that the e-tron concept car will soon become a full production model. Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen said he expected to see some running examples within the next 24 months. Those words have our spies all excited about the possibilities for the next few months.
The R8-looking e-tron concept of IAA 2009 is powered by four electric motors on each axle. They in turn are powered by a 213kg lithium-ion battery pack located behind the two seats. Maximum system power is 230kW (313hp) and peak torque is a mammoth 4,500Nm (3,319.03 lb-ft). Audi says it will go from 0 - 100km/h (0 - 62mph) in 4.8 seconds and record a top speed of 200km/h (124mph). On a fully-charged battery the car will go on for 248km (154 miles).
The e-tron should be launched in the US by 2012 at the latest. It will compete with cars from Fisker and others, as well as the production version of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept. Several other clean Audis are headed for North America including the Q5 hybrid set for a 2011 debut.