Audi E-tron Sportback
At the moment, if you are looking for a luxurious fully electric car, you may be tempted to go for a tesla. It may be worth having a look at Audi's E-tron sportback. Audi have shown their new concept at the Shanghai motor show, with its futuristic looks and massive performance claims, Audi says it previews a very real model, already confirmed for production in 2019.
To start with, this car looks utterly unique, from the brand new LED Audi logo and huge intimidating front grille, to the sleek rear end (similar to that of the Mercedes GLE or BMW X4) with the rear LED badge turning red while the car is in motion. Every inch of this car looks beautiful.
The interior has come straight out of a childhood drawing of the future. Some of the surfaces in the car are finished in an electrified paint that glows, giving the appearance of ambient lighting, the seats are trimmed in fabric made from bamboo, and there will be tons of tech crammed in too, including two huge wide screen displays using haptic feedback instead of physical buttons.
Other tech expected to come with the E-tron include the self-drive function that will make its debut on the new Audi A8. Less likely to be available are the cameras in place of door mirrors as shown on many other concepts it would be a big surprise for this peculiar feature to actually make it into production.
On to performance. Audi have made bold claims that the three electric motors will produce a combined 496bhp and 590lb ft of torque. This is enough to shift the car from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds! Let’s hope these figures stick with the production model.
Conveniently, the launch of the E-tron will be around the same time as the ultra-fast charging point that Audi is helping to develop along with Daimler and BMW. The new fast charging point promised an 80% charge in just 30 minutes. Audi Will also be releasing their own wireless charging point that customers will be able to install at home.
For me, the idea of owning a fully electric car in the future is becoming a more and more realistic possibility.