Exclusive: Audi R8 e-tron Not Offered In U.S.
Interested in ordering the Audi R8 e-tron? If you reside in the U.S., then you’re out of luck.
Though Audi has confirmed that the all-electric R8 e-tron will be built in limited quantities (special order only), none of those electric R8s will be U.S-bound.
Information of this decision to restrict sales to Europe comes to us via a sales manager at an Atlanta-area Audi dealership. When an InsideEVs contributor inquired about the R8 e-tron, the dealer informed him that the vehicle will be offered, but not in the U.S. and that it can’t be ordered here.
The dealer closed by suggesting that if you’re interested in a pure electric performance car and reside in the U.S., then for now Tesla is likely the best option out there.
Officially, Audi never stated if the U.S. would be included in R8 e-tron sales. Here’s what Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management at AUDI AG for Technical Development, stated a few months back when announcing the launch of the electric R8:
“My Board of Management colleagues and I appreciate that many of you are awaiting news on our fully battery electric vehicle, the Audi R8 e-tron.”
“In recent months, I have had a very close look at these electric high-performance sports cars with my team The latest development work is very convincing. We have increased their range from 215 to approximately 450 kilometers, which is a decisive step towards everyday practicality. This significant step is the result of progress with battery technology and a revised package with a considerably higher power density. In brief: We combine power and stamina. We have made significant efficiency gains with mechanical as well as electrical and electronic components of the R8 e-tron. The drivetrain is more efficient and onboard electricity consumption has been considerably reduced due to optimizing the power electronics. I am very proud of these achievements of my team.”
“The Board of Management of AUDI AG has decided to offer the next-generation R8 e-tron as a manufactured sports car upon customer request. And we will make intensive use of the next generation of the R8 e-tron as an open technology carrier and working instrument for our engineers to test and further develop technologies for the future.”