The Newest Audi R8 E-Tron Shows How Fast Electric Technology is Improving

The Newest Audi R8 E-Tron Shows How Fast Electric Technology is Improving

If you’ve ever questioned the technology surrounding electric vehicles or assumed that it wasn’t going anywhere you probably haven’t taken the time to compare the first and second version of the Audi R8 E-Tron.

The Newest Audi R8 E-Tron Shows How Fast Electric Technology is Improving

If you’ve ever questioned the technology surrounding electric vehicles or assumed that it wasn’t going anywhere you probably haven’t taken the time to compare the first and second version of the Audi R8 E-Tron. In the span of just four years the vehicle essentially doubled in capability. It increased its capacity notably and bolstered its charging capabilities as well. That’s a pretty impressive trend that will lead us to great things if continued, but let’s be honest, the R8 E-Tron is already pretty great.


Energy Density 

One of the most remarkable things about this technology is that between the first iteration and the second of the Audi R8 E-tron, energy density has nearly doubled. It went from 84 watt-hours per kilogram to an astonishing 152 watt-hours per kilogram. To accomplish packing so much more energy into the same sized footprint Audi had to learn how to create more powerful cells for its batteries. Once it created the more powerful cells it jammed a total of 7,488 of them into 52 models overall to create the powerhouse.


Advanced Charging Technology 

Not only have battery capacities improved dramatically in just four years, but charging technology has as well. Currently Audi developed a system that will push 50 Kilowatts of energy into the system and charge up the battery in just 95 minutes. That in itself is pretty impressive since you could enjoy a huge driving range in just 1.5 hours of charging, but that’s not all. Audi developed the system so that it could handle a total of 150 Kilowatts of power input at one time if there was a charger out there powerful enough to provide this level of juice. That would allow the R8 E-Tron to recharge enough for 90 miles of straight driving in just 15 minutes. With that level of speed it would almost be realistic to take an electric vehicle out on an extended road trip without too much imposition.


The Future of Electric Technology

This electric technology is still viewed as cutting edge technology and buyers have to pay a premium to get it, but that won’t always be the case. Each time Audi, Tesla or other automakers advance battery technology a bit more you get more affordable variations and advanced technologies make it into the mainstream. The second Audi R8 E-Tron is an exciting piece of machinery and there are people lining up to get their hands on one, but what’s to come is even more exciting. As technology improves automakers will figure out new faster ways to charge more reliable and dense batteries. More power will be jammed into the same footprint, and eventually driving ranges comparable or even higher than current gasoline and diesel vehicles will be possible. That’s an exciting prospect and something that’s sure to come in the future, it’s just a question of how long it will take.

Until then customers can enjoy the increasingly capable electric vehicles and Audi is sure to be out in front of that development trend.

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