At any time when Chris Harris is interviewed, we’re all ears as he all the time has some attention-grabbing issues to say. High Gear’s Jack Rix sat down and had a chat with the journalist/racing driver/TV presenter about Tesla and EVs on the whole, however the dialogue then moved on to the lately unveiled Audi E-Tron GT. Harris stated Ingolstadt’s sports activities sedan appears to be like “incredible” and he has no challenge with Audi placing the RS badge on an electrical automobile.
He went on to explain the E-Tron GT as a “Taycan with a barely better-looking set of garments.” This assertion comes from a person who’s actively excited about shopping for the Porsche model however hasn’t made up his thoughts simply but. Harris says he’ll in all probability purchase an EV within the subsequent 12 months, together with his coronary heart telling him to purchase the Taycan. Nevertheless, the Tesla Mannequin 3 could be the smarter alternative because of the higher charging infrastructure.
With Porsche popping out with a Taycan Cross Turismo that will probably be adopted by a low-slung Sport Turismo, Harris thinks Audi can be cooking up an electrical wagon. As a matter of truth, a report revealed by Auto Bild in December 2020 signifies a long-roof model might occur as early as subsequent yr, however nothing is official at this level.
Whereas the High Gear UK host says it is good to speak enthusiastically about electrical vehicles, he believes these high-end fashions are “vastly costly.” He makes a legitimate level contemplating the bottom E-Tron GT kicks off at $99,990 whereas the RS model begins at an eye-watering $139,990. For individuals with much more cash to spare, you’ll be able to spec a Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo S to over $240,000.
Depreciation can be a priority, together with the very fact in two years from now the vary of an EV might improve considerably given how automakers are closely investing within the improvement of zero-emissions fashions. Simply yesterday, Mercedes introduced the EQS with the big 108-kWh battery pack will do 478 miles (770 kilometers) within the WLTP cycle, and you may relaxation assured it will not take lengthy earlier than one other automaker will beat that quantity.
Talking of vary, Chris Harris jokes round saying automakers should not discuss it by way of the gap traveled or how a lot time it takes till the battery is depleted. As a substitute, firms ought to promote an EV’s vary within the context of how lengthy it takes the driving force till the subsequent cease to a restroom. Harris says he’d in all probability want an electrical automobile with an 800-mile vary, however his youngsters need to cease extra continuously.