Audi introduced the first production electric cars with three motorsMarch 3, 2020
When the German company first showed the e-tron concept in 2017, the electric car already had three motors, but then the model was not launched into mass production. Now, a three-engine transmission will appear in the new version of the e-tron S and e-tron Sportback.
Electric cars are usually characterized by good handling due to the low center of gravity and fast acceleration, but without special tuning they can be somewhat heavy. Audi engineers, however, believe that they can return lightness to electric cars without sacrificing what distinguishes these cars, Engadget writes.
The company talked about two new models of e-tron, S and Sportback, noting that it will be the first electric cars in serial production, equipped with three motors – one large, standard 124 kW, front, and two smaller, giving together 196 kW, at the rear. The result is a more fast-moving car, the torque of which not only helps to fit into the turns faster, but also, if desired, make a “controlled drift”.
Three motors together give out 973 N * m of torque, which allows purely electric models to accelerate to 100 km / h in 4.5 seconds. Intelligent drive control improves safety and dynamic performance.
Audi does not say exactly when the e-tron S and Sportback models will be ready and how much they will cost, although it is known that they should become part of the 2021 model range.
Switching to electric traction for the German brand goes hand in hand with layoffs: to increase investment in EV, Audi is cutting 9,500 jobs. But by 2025 in the lineup of models will be 20 electric vehicles and another 10 hybrids.
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