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With manufacturers responding to the consumer demand for hybrid and electric vehicle technology, Audi have come up with an all new fully electric vehicle known as the “e-tron” .

Revealed at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Audi say this is one of the first all electric vehicles that actually delivers the driving experience normally associated with performance cars — which will make it a direct rival of the Tesla. It really is an exciting looking vehicle.

According to Audi, the car will produce “230 kW (313 hp) and 4,500 Nm (3,319.03 lb-ft) of torque, the two-seater accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0 62.14 mph) in 4.8 seconds, and from 60 to 120 km/h (37.28 74.56 mph) in 4.1 seconds. The lithium-ion battery provides a truly useable energy content of 42.4 kilowatt hours to enable a range of approximately 248 kilometers, or 154 miles.”

It’s a staggering set of figures for an electric vehicle and part of the performance package includes placing the batteries behind the passenger seats for optimal weight distribution. Power is able to be distributed to the four wheels variably which makes it a true Quattro. The torque vectoring, says Audi, allows for “dazzling dynamics and an undreamed-of level of agility and precision when cornering.”

Audi insist that the e-tron is a complete package and that every element of the vehicle’s design was engineered to maximize the benefit of electric power. This holistic approach suggests a synergy with efficiency, driver comfort and the obvious environmental spin-offs.

One of the big focuses of Audi, aside from the eco-friendliness and advanced performance, is the “car-to-x communication” package within the vehicle. It is an advanced electronic system which appears to be, in simple terms, the equivalent of an aircraft black box.

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However, rather than simply being a passive recorder of telemetric data, the car will be able to provide real time updates to the driver as hazards occur, traffic volumes change and other useful information which could even be used to assist the driver to find a parking spot. Another way of looking at it is that the e-tron will eventually be the equivalent of Michael Knight’s “KITT”, but without the smug British voice.

Audi say that the auto industry is looking to standardize the software which runs on-board computer systems allowing for “car-to-x communication” to function smoothly. Currently there are a host of different systems operating which makes cross communication with telemetry and data acquisition systems more complicated.

The e-tron really is a complete package and something which is likely to reset the standard for vehicle performance. It is arguably one of the more fascinating vehicles at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

Nathan can be contacted at and welcomes your comments and suggestions. Photos are courtesy of Audi.

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