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Under the skin of Audi's all-electric E-Tron prototype

What does the battery pack in the 2019 Audi E-Tron look like, and just how does it hold up to a bolt of lightning? Click on through to find out.

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Tim Stevens got his start writing professionally while still in school in the mid '90s, and since then has covered topics ranging from business process management to video game development to automotive technology.
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This is the Audi E-Tron. And yes, that's a bolt of lightning.

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Here's the same car after the rather dramatic test, looking no worse for wear, amazingly.

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Well, a few burn marks on the roof, but that's forgivable. 

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E-Tron is Audi's first, production, all-electric car. It's set to enter the market in 2019. 

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The car will do 250 miles on a charge and, perhaps unsurprisingly being an Audi, will offer all-wheel drive. 

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That range comes courtesy of a 95 kilowatt-hour battery pack, which looks like this. It's nearly as big as a king-size bed, and weighs over 1,500 pounds!

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To charge it up, Audi offers a number of chargers for home, including this smart, wall-mount model. This will charge up the car in 4.5 hours. 

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This is the smaller, portable model, which would take about 8.5 hours. 

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But, if you use a DC fast-charger, you could get an 80 percent charge in just about 30 minutes!

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This is just a prototype, with the full E-Tron not having its debut until later this year. Stay tuned for more details!

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