If you’ve seen those futuristic electric cars from sci-fi films like the Lexus 2054 from Minority Report or the Audi RSQ from I, Robot, then you can safely say that Audi’s new electric car almost matches those designs (and the fact that the I, Robot car is an Audi brand). Audi’s new all-electric concept car, the E-tron Sportback, made its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show on Tuesday. In addition to being super futuristic-looking, it also has some fairly surprising specifications. The E-tron Sportback carries more than 320 kilowatts of power, and in fact Audi promises a “boost mode” to up to 370 kW. It can sprint to its full 62 mph in 4.5 seconds. A 95 kWh battery pack will enable just over 310 miles of range per full charge, although that will probably be closer to 275 miles.
This is because the Germany-based Audi uses the European rating system for electric vehicle range. The automaker says the new electric coupe crossover will hit the market by year 2019, about a year after the Quattro E-tron, Audi’s first electric concept which it introduced back in 2015. The Audi badge on the front of the car lights up because light-up badges are all the rage these days, with both Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti offering vehicles with glowing logos on their front grille (imagine if Ford or other American brands thought about this as far back as the 80’s). Some Audi executives predict that headlights may soon be made obsolete, not because of these illuminated badges, but rather because the cars will be self-driving, hopefully, in the near future.
The interior of the E-tron Sportback features a festival of awesome high-resolution touchscreens: there’s one behind the steering wheel, two in the center console, and a few more scattered around. Digitally controlled LED’s at the front and rear of the car produce “an excellent light yield,” while minuscule digital projectors “literally make their mark on the road ahead, turning light into a versatile, dynamic channel of communication with the surroundings.” In other words, the Audi badge on the front of the car isn’t the only thing that is glowing in the car.
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Audi has already announced in the past that it intends to produce three electric vehicles; the E-tron Quattro and E-tron Sportback being the first two. The automaker also has plans to build a hydrogen-powered SUV dubbed the H-tron Quattro, which it revealed to the public last year. This suite of zero-emission concepts makes it pretty clear that Audi is doing its best to look beyond any fossil fuel-driven present and looking beyond a cleaner and more sustainable future.
The car company certainly understands that fossil fuels are the problem of our planet and not so-called climate change or global hogwash warming. And it certainly has no plans to follow into the diesel-emissions scandal that has embroiled its parent company, Volkswagen.