The Audi E-Tron Prototype

Audi has always led the way with technology like all-wheel-drive, so when it announces its first all-electric Audi prototype, people take notice. It's called the Audi e-tron. This is the Audi Toronto drivers will drive into a future of technological prowess and a low environmental impact. It's just a concept today, but the first e-tron inspired model should be in our showroom at Audi Midtown Toronto sometime near the middle of 2019. Get ready for the cars and SUVs that will be electrifying the future.

The Drivetrain

The heart of the e-tron is its all-electric drivetrain. Inspired by the Audi e-tron FE04 racer that just won the third season of the Formula E racing series, this motor puts a premium on performance combined with quiet luxury. The first generation of this motor will appear in the production e-tron Quattro SUV, which has been designed from the ground up to be an electric vehicle. This means no compromises need to be made to fit the electric drivetrain around the needs of the driver and passengers.

The electric motor is powered by a 95kWh lithium-ion battery pack sending power to all four wheels as needed via Audi's legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive system. It should be possible to charge this battery to about 80 percent of its full range of over 200 miles in just 30 minutes. This is possible because the e-tron is the first production electric vehicle that's compatible with 150-kilowatt charging. Compare that with Tesla's superchargers, which only operate at 120 kilowatts. The e-tron should charge faster and get better range for every unit of time spent charging.

Other Technological Leaps

A vehicle this forward-looking, with a clean-sheet-of-paper approach to car design, should be able to throw away the old blueprints and create a whole new form factor. And that's just what the e-tron does. Emblematic of this, the e-tron sheds side view mirrors in favour of much more aerodynamic cameras. Each camera's view appears in a 7-inch OLED screen at the forward top edge of each door, so you'll still be able to look where you're used to. But these cameras will offer three distinct modes for turning, parking, and highway driving. The driver can also zoom in and out of the cameras' view. It's 100-year-old technology re-thought from the ground up--just like the rest of the e-tron.

Whisper Quiet

When you drive an electric car, you realize how much of the ambient noise of a regular car comes from the engine. The e-tron enhances that sense of calm and quiet via soundproofing in all areas that are prone to transmitting noise into the interior. This makes it the perfect setting for the optional Bang & Olufsen premium stereo system with its 16 speakers and 705-watt amplifier. This sound system reproduces music exactly the way it sounded when it was recorded, so the e-tron's cabin is the perfect place to listen to it. It's no wonder the e-tron's interior made its world debut on the stage of the Royal Danish Playhouse in Copenhagen, since the e-tron's passenger cabin is a perfect stage for music in its own right. ,

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