PHOTO CAPTION: All-electric Audi e-tron electric car could go on sale by end of 2012 for $200K.

Driving Audi e-tron Is High Tech Thrill

Audi invites Chris Woodyard to test drive the e-tron all-electric concept car.

Published: 16-Dec-2009

As this holiday season proves again, sometimes packaging is as important as the gift itself. That's how it is with the Audi e-tron -- an all-wheel-drive, all-electric, high-end sports car.

Though a concept for the moment, Audi is talking as if e-tron will become a production model by the end of 2012 that could sell for around $200,000. Styling, for the moment, is much like the R8 sports car without the carbon-fiber panels.

The packaging is the car's amazing looks and gimmicks -- from wind scoops that automatically open when the car needs cooling, sensor-activated door handles and the high-tech headlights. The gift is its performance -- zero to 60 miles per hour in less than 4.7 seconds and a torque curve that never seems to let up. Here's how we know:


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco (L) receives a walk-around of the Mitsubishi i MiEV from Torii-san (R), president of Mitsubishi Research and Development Europe.

Providing the outcome of the current European feasibility study is positive, the car will be introduced to European markets sometime after 2010.

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