Battery Technology could delay All-Electric Audi R8

It’s been rumored for some time that the Audi R8 would come back from the dead as an all-electric supercar. Being that Audi’s famous supercar will be going the way of the Dodo after 2020, there have been rumors of a potential electrified version to replace it, possibly even being called the Audi e-tron GTR. If such a car were to be made, though, we’re going to have to wait some time for it, mostly due to battery technology.

Audi R8 product manager Anthony Garbis recently spoke with Motor1 about the potential for such a car and basically stated that battery tech simply isn’t there yet for an electric supercar.

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“It could be [time]; we’ll see what happens… when battery technology gets to the point where we can do a supercar… we’ll see. It could be very cool,”

Audi R8 e-tron

“But how do you do it, and at what price point? Are we there yet where we have batteries doing what we need them to do?” said Garbis. “If you look at the charts from where we were to where we are now, where it’s now nearing $100 per kilowatt hour,”

So a lot of the problem isn’t the tech itself but cost, as current battery technology is very expensive, making profit margins very small. Unless Audi were to make it incredibly expensive, it would be difficult for the brand to see an all-electric supercar and make any sort of profit on it, especially considering the low sales volume of such cars.

However, once battery technology advances to the desired point necessary for a relatively mass-production supercar, it seems as if an electric Audi R8 is something the brand is willing to make. We hope that battery tech advances quickly, then because an all-electric Audi R8 is something we can get behind. Ever since seeing the Audi PB18 e-tron Concept, we’ve been very much wanting an electric supercar from the four-ringed brand. So here’s to batteries getting better.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.