Audi knows how amazing electric motors are compared to internal combustion engines

In one of the latest promotional videos about the Audi e-tron, the German manufacturer briefly presents the "Electric Engine" or rather electric motor with power electronics and a single-speed transmission.

Audi engineer Joachim Doerr discusses the nuances like use of asynchronous motors, which don't contain permanent magnets, efficient cooling to provide repeatable maximum acceleration (15-20 times in a row), and torque distribution between the axles with two separate electric motors - one per axle.

The development on the Audi e-tron, as we see it today, started around five years ago.

Audi e-tron specs:

  • 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds or 0-100 km/h  in 5.7 seconds
  • Top speed – 124 mph
  • up to 417 km (259.1 miles) under WLTP test cycle
  • 95 kWh battery (36 cell modules, each module is equipped with 12 pouch cells, nominal voltage of 396 volts)
  • battery pack weight: 700 kilograms (1543.2 lb)
  • dual-motor all-wheel drive – up to 300 kW and 664 Nm in S mode (boost) or up to 265 kW and 561 Nm in D mode. Front motor is 135 kW, the rear is 165 kW (S mode).
  • Maximum tow rating – 1,800 kg (4,000 pounds) when properly equipped
  • 9.6 kW on-board charger (240 V, 40 A) in U.S. and 11 kW or 22 kW three-phase in Europe
  • DC fast charging up to 150 kW: 0-80% in 30 minutes

Audi e-tron Electric Motor Explored: Video