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Auto ShowsAudi E-Tron GT Concept Electric Sedan Charges Toward Production

21:15  03 december  2018
21:15  03 december  2018 Source:   consumerreports.org

Audi E-Tron GT sedan teased before L.A. Auto Show debut

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Audi E - Tron GT concept Starting price: Not announced What it competes with: Porsche Taycan, Tesla Model S What it looks like: The GT looks a lot Audi has highlighted that the interior does not use any animal products , calling it a vegan interior. We look forward to sampling it when the GT production

It’s a sleek sedan that gets its electric power from the same drivetrain and battery platform that will be in Since it shares Porsche’s Taycan tech, the E - Tron GT will also feature very fast charging . By the time the GT concept becomes reality, Audi will have the E - Tron crossover as well as a sportback

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Audi unveiled the next member of the E-Tron all-electric vehicle family at the 2018 LA Auto Show: the E-Tron GT Concept. Audi calls the sleek, four-door coupe a concept, but a production version is coming for the 2021 model year, according to the automaker. Unlike the E-Tron SUV and Sportback models, this is a low-to-the-ground four-door coupe, befitting the GT (Gran Turismo) name. Pointing at its driving character, the E-Tron GT will be built by Audi Sport, the performance arm of Audi.

Audi E-Tron GT Concept to Begin Production in 2020

Audi E-Tron GT Concept to Begin Production in 2020 Debuting at the Los Angeles auto show

But with the e - tron GT concept , Audi assures us that “this will be.” We'll see a production model in showrooms by 2020. E - tron GT concept is the latest volley in Audi ’s electrified offensive. With consumer trends quickly gravitating toward crossovers, those high-riding models seem like a forgone

Always charged . Audi e - tron ® technology is designed to help simplify your life with convenient home charging solutions so you e - tron ® GT concept . Leading the electric charge of Audi Sport. With the Audi e - tron ® quattro concept , the Combined Charging System (CCS) is engineered to enable

The production version of the E-Tron GT concept is set to go on sale in 2020.

Here is what we know so far:

Outside

The E-Tron GT is a wide, low-slung four-door with large 22-inch wheels and tires housed inside big fender flares. In profile, the car’s roofline steeply slopes toward the rear of the car and the tailgate for the cargo area.

Up front is a tall, hexagonal grille with a honeycomb mesh insert that can be found on all of Audi’s performance models. There are prominent air inlets to cool the battery and brakes, and LED headlights with laser high beams.

The wide rear end is punctuated by a strip of LED lights that runs the width of the car and blends into the taillights.

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Inside the Cabin

The E-Tron GT concept has room for four passengers. Drivers are greeted with a large all-digital instrument display that can be changed among a number of functions, including instrument gauges, navigation mapping, energy data, and infotainment.

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The e - tron GT concept will be developed into volume- production models by the end of 2020. Initial deliveries will be made to customers in early 2021. The Audi e - tron GT also shares the same 800-volt system as the Porsche Taycan, a feature that will shorten the time it takes to charge the battery.

Audi is working on an all- electric Grand Tourer, a sleek four-door sedan which should not only give Tesla some sleepless nights but do plenty to push EVs Previewed in prototype form at Audi ’s Annual Press Conference in Ingolstadt, Germany today, the Audi E - Tron GT promises zero-emissions but no

The center console has a large touch screen sitting high in the dash, with a smaller all-digital screen below it for the climate controls. This layout is much like that in the new A8 and A6, although it is far more stylized than the ones in those sedans. The gear selector that is in the console between the seats uses buttons, similar to what Acura and Honda employ.

Audi has highlighted that the interior does not use any animal products, calling it a vegan interior. We look forward to sampling it when the GT production car is available.

There are two places to stow cargo: nearly 16 cubic feet of room under the rear tailgate and  3.5 cu. ft. under the hood. Like the Model S, this is one benefit of not having an engine sitting up front.

What Drives It

Audi worked with Porsche (like Audi, a subsidiary of parent company Volkswagen) to develop the technology for the E-Tron GT concept, which is based on the upcoming Taycan performance car.

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Audi e - tron GT concept . But the e - tron brand will not consist only of SUVs, which designer Lichte said are relatively easy to package with a big battery pack. The ability to charge at speeds that are two to three times as fast as a Tesla Supercharger requires a different battery design and a novel way to

The all-electric drivetrain uses a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery to provide power to drive the dual motors—one for the front wheels and one for the rear, giving the GT all-wheel drive. Power output is a claimed 590 hp. The concept has a range of more than 248 miles, according to the European rating system.

Audi claims the GT will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds, and to 124 mph in slightly more than 12 seconds. Top speed is limited to 149 mph.

The battery is mounted low, running under the cabin between the front and rear axles. The GT has two regenerative settings to charge the battery while driving: one that captures energy while coasting and one that captures energy when drivers brake.

The GT can be charged with a physical cable or by parking the car over the Audi Wireless Charging induction charger. This system uses a permanently installed pad with a charging coil that is connected to a power source. In simple terms, when the GT is parked over the pad, a magnetic field charges the battery through a coil in the bottom of the car. The car can charge fully overnight using this system.

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Audi unveiled its E - Tron GT electric sedan concept on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker said it would begin delivering the production version of the vehicle in Using an 800-volt charger , the E - Tron GT concept can charge to 80% of its capacity in about 20 minutes, Audi said.

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Charging can be completed much faster using the wired 800-volt system. Audi claims it will take 20 minutes to charge the battery to 80 percent capacity, which will give a range of 198 miles. This system is the same as the one that is on the upcoming Taycan, and it would be much more powerful than the Tesla Supercharger.

Through its Electrify America initiative, Volkswagen has pledged to install about 900 DC-fast-charging stations across the country by mid-2019, totaling 5,000 charging ports. Further, Porsche says it's working on rolling out a nationwide network to support owners with 800-volt chargers at dealerships, which are often adjacent to Audi dealerships. Combined, these efforts will significantly increase the national charging network in time for the arrival of the Audi E-Tron models.

Of course, the GT can also be charged at lower-voltage charging points, including at home.

Safety and Driver-Assist Systems

There is no word on which safety systems are on the E-Tron GT concept or when the production version will be announced.

CR’s Take

It makes sense that Audi is continuing to broaden its electric vehicle offerings. Parent company Volkswagen is developing a charging infrastructure in the U.S. and has committed to invest $2 billion in manufacturing, promoting, and building infrastructure for electric vehicles in the wake of its diesel emissions scandal.

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Here's why you won't find Audi E-Trons sitting around the dealership .
Customers might have to wait a while to get their cars, though.Audi will not foist its E-Tron upon its dealers in the traditional way, Automotive News reports, citing an interview with Scott Keogh, Audi of America's president. Instead of requiring dealers to purchase inventory, Audi's dealers will only need to take orders for the E-Tron.

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