Designed from the ground up to be an electric vehicle, Audi’s E-tron Concept follows the brand’s “Aerosthetics” concept, using technical advances for cutting aerodynamic drag. Movable aerodynamic elements at the front, on the sides and at the rear improve the airflow around the car, appropriate to the speeds being traveled. The underbody is completely closed; with a drag coefficient of 0.25, it sets a new record for tall-wagon slipperiness and contributes “considerably” to the concept’s 310-mile range per full charge. Audi’s experience with the all-electric R8 E-tron sports car provided inspiration for the E-tron Quattro Concept’s drive system. Three electric motors – one on the front axle and two on the rear – will power the vehicle.
Rather than simply adapting an electric powertrain to an existing design, the E-tron Concept was built from the ground up to be electric.