Audi announced that it will not be selling the electric version of its R8 supercar.
At least not for now. According to a report published by Germany's Auto Bild, the production of the R8 e-tron was halted due to excessive cost, which presumably relates to the batteries. Audi planned to get the first e-trons to customers in late 2012.
Car and Driver previously speculated that the car could be on the chopping block. Audi said that the R8 e-tron was halted for now, but unless the company can get a cheaper battery, it is unlikely that the project will be revived anytime soon.
The car was powered by two electric motors with a total of 381 hp. The car accelerated from 0-60 in about 4 seconds with a top speed that was capped at 120 mph. Audi planned a limited production run of 1,000 cars for an estimated $300,000 each.
Of course, the e-tron is not the only electric supercar on the market and those who can afford such a car don't have to shed any tears. Mercedes will be offering the SLS AMG Electric Drive for about $535,000 (pricing in Germany) and there is also the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder for $845,000, which can be decked out with options such as a $65,000 paint option.
And if you can spend a little more, you could even look for the 2014 Rimac EV with 1088 hp for about $1 million.