At the Frankfurt Auto Show which is underway at the moment, Tesla is the manufacturer that everyone wants to compete with because the industry believes that electric cars are the future.
About a decade ago, the market was completely different and hybrid cars meant vehicles that used parts from multiple models to deliver speed on the road. However, at present, Tesla has set a new benchmark with their Model S and the upcoming Model X vehicles. The former is a sedan that is favored by luxury car lovers, while the latter is a SUV which is what the newly revealed Audi E-tron Quattro aims to compete with.
Some of the most exquisite features have been integrated into this vehicle, including the video mirrors, huge alloys, electric drive train and much more. The SUV is built on a coupe crossover body which renders it the sleek look that buyers have come to love. While everything seems impressive about the vehicle, it may be a while before you get to buy one. Audi has scheduled it for a 2018 launch.
The specifications of the concept e-tron Quattro shown at the Frankfurt auto show include two different electric motors that power the front and the rear wheel. When combined together, the engines offer an amazing 503 horsepower which is a feat most SUVs hardly accomplish. Audi has made it possible, at least with this concept that can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 4.6 seconds.
The manufacturer has used lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber materials to construct the SUV, which, when combined with a small footprint, allows it to have impressive acceleration levels. The top of the vehicle is at 131 miles per hour, which is less, compared to the conventional gasoline engines. At the moment, car designers are aiming to achieve maximum mileage than focus on top speed which electric motors lack, ever since they came into being.
At an average speed, the Audi e-tron Quattro can deliver 310 miles on a single charge. Tesla was the only company to have had such amazing numbers, but the Frankfurt show proved everyone wrong. Multiple vendors including Audi, Porsche, among others, have showcased electric vehicles with huge mileage, but a majority of them are concept cars.
Speaking during the event, Audi development chief Ulrich Hackenberg said, “We love competition. Our customers wanted this car. We will deliver it”.
He added that their concept is quite realistic which will be evident when they bring their Quattro to the market.