Audi is no stranger to taking on ambitious engineering tasks. Though the introduction of the e-tron only seemed like a natural progression for the company, it has somehow still blown us away. It’s the first fully electric Audi that helps to fill the void between the Q5 and the Q7, providing mainstream luxury buyers with the chance to work for the future of our Earth.
From Concept to Production – A History of the Audi e-tron
The Audi e-tron surprisingly dates back to 2009, when the company first debuted their series of hybrid concept cars. A plug-in hybrid version of the e-tron was also debuted in 2012, and was released to a few customers in 2014 and 2015. It wasn’t until 2019 that the first e-tron was put out on the market. Audi is now saying that they will be releasing at least 12 e-tron vehicles by 2025.
Modern Technology of the Audi e-tron
Beneath the trimmed beauty that is the 2019 e-tron’s bodywork, there is a 95.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that helps to power an electric motor at the front axle and one at the rear. Both of these work to provide the car with electronic all-wheel-drive and a combined 335 horsepower. With sport mode, that horsepower moves up to 405.
Like you would expect, the Audi e-tron is also packed with a variety of high-tech features, including multiple high-resolution touchscreens, a digital gauge cluster, a variety of cameras and sensors that help to provide driver assistance, and much, much more.
The First Generation of the Audi e-tron (2019-Present)
While there were a few concept cars prior to the 2019 e-tron, this model was the first fully-functional e-tron to hit the market. The body was based on the Audi Q8 SUV, which was a more practical version of the Audi Q7.
Audi has already announced a few different iterations of the e-tron for the future, including an e-tron Sportback for 2020, which will be the Audi’s all-electric coupe SUV, an e-tron GT for 2020, which will be Audi’s four-door, all-electric coupe, and the Q4 e-tron for 2021, which will be Audi’s four-door, all-electric SUV.
The Audi e-tron In the News
In recent Audi news, Tesla is losing a ton of their market shares to an array of electric vehicles, including the Jaguar I-Pace and the Audi e-tron. This report comes from a tech and auto analyst from Bernstein named Toni Sacconaghi, who received this information from a new report that outlines EV sales in Europe over the past few years.
Celebrity Endorsements of the Audi e-tron
Though we haven’t seen any e-tron models cruising the streets of Hollywood lately, we did see Robert Downey Jr. (aka Tony Stark) arrive at the Avengers: Endgame premiere with an Audi E-Tron GT.
Best Audi e-tron Groups
Because the automobile is still fairly new, we haven’t seen very many groups or clubs pop up quite yet. With that said, there is a small Facebook club with just over 1k members, each of whom are supposedly owners of e-trons.
The Audi e-tron – Audi Has Gone Electric!
Audi has finally harnessed the power of electrical engineering, and we are more excited than ever. At this point, we’re ready to go faster and further with the luxury and performance that we’ve always known and loved.