Electric cars won’t only be good for the environment — they’ll be good for your power-hungry tendencies, too. As per a new report from the New York Times, companies are looking to turn away from the traditional 12-volt systems to provide the juice for these cars of the future, and looking to a 48-volt standard instead.
Audi researchers have managed to do something that at first blush sounds impossible, or at least, highly illogical: Without using any petroleum whatsoever, they’ve created a small batch of synthetic gasoline. Continue reading… “Audi made synthetic gasoline without using any petroleum”
Audi’s new Tesla Model S rival will offer a
280-mile all-electric range with room for a whole family
Audi has revealed that an all-new, all-electric family car with a 280-mile range is currently under development. Technical development boss at Audi, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg revealed that the model, which is set to rival the Tesla Model S, will arrive in 2017.
At the LA Auto Show in California, Audi technical development chief Ulrich Hackenberg told reporters that his employer plans to release an electric car with a range of 280 miles “around 2017.” Hackenberg wouldn’t say what kind of car – or crossover, perhaps – it will be, but one report said it would be “a large car, fitting five large people with ample luggage space.” Most observers expect it to be a sedan to take on the Tesla Model S.
Audi’s Piloted Driving A7
Audi’s new and impressive Piloted Driving A7 has a smaller, but very intriguing piece of driver assistance technology called Traffic Light Assist. The new technology promises to help drivers make every green light.
Tesla Model S
More people bought a Tesla Model S, the $70,000 (and up) electric car, in the first quarter of 2013 than bought any of the similarly priced gasoline-powered cars from the top three German luxury brands, according to data from LMC Automotive. About 4,750 buyers bought a Model S while just over 3,000 people bought Mercedes’ top-level sedan. (Video)
Audi has became the second company (Google was first) to be licensed to run autonomous vehicles in Nevada. As seen at an exhibition of the tech from its Electronic Research Laboratory, its cars are already well on their way to ditching the driver.
Self-driving Toyota Prius, modified by Google.
Google is quietly lobbying legislators to make Nevada the first state to allow autonomous vehicles on public roads. The company’s self-driving cars might soon become more than a pet project. (Video)
Stanford graduate student sits in the driver’s seat to show off the computer system inside Shelley.
It can traverse rough terrain, accelerate quickly and negotiate sharp turns like other high-performance sports cars, but there’s one thing that sets this Audi coupe apart: It doesn’t need a driver. The car, named Shelley, is the latest creation by Stanford University researchers who are developing technology that could help make driving safer and one day allow ordinary vehicles to drive on their own.
Audi Autonomous TTS
Audi is working hard on a car that doesn’t require the driver to anything except sit there and watch the scenery go by. It’s called the “Autonomous Audi TTS,” not the catchiest of names, and it’s “intended to explore the best capabilities of current and future driver assistance technologies.” (Pics and video)
The Audi Calamaro Concept was developed by a designer Tibor for a design competition, organized by Porsche Hungary. This futuristic flying concept car looks like a cross between a speed boat and a plane. According to the designer, the shape is inspired by “the bone of the cuttlefish”.
E-Tron concept electric car
Audi has unveiled its new electric car concept, the Audi e-tron at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. The all electric car is basically a modified Audi R8 sports car, but slightly smaller in all dimensions. The car delivers a massive 4500 Nm (3,319 lb-ft) of torque and 233 kW (313 horsepower), and the car can go from 0 to 100 kph (0-60 mph) in 4.8 seconds. The power comes from four electric motors: one for each wheel. (Pics and video)