British Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at the first Earthshot Prize in a brand new car. As can be seen in the paparazzi pictures, for the award for environmental merit, they chose the appropriate vehicle – the all-electric Audi RS e-tron GT. Its price in the UK ranges from £ 110,950 to £ 133,105.
Audi RS e-tron GT is the top-end version of the all-wheel drive electric sedan, presented in February this year, and the first RS-version of the “battery” car of the Ingolstadt brand. The car is based on the J1 platform, which it shares with the Porsche Taycan, and reaches a length of almost five meters. Its twin-engine power plant produces 598 horsepower (you can get 646 horsepower for a short time) and accelerates the electric car from zero to the first “hundred” in 3.3 seconds. The maximum speed is limited to 250 kilometers per hour.
The RS e-tron GT is assembled at the German Bollinger Hofe plant, which also produces the R8, A6, A7 and A8 hybrids. According to the Daily Mail, ordinary Britons have to wait in line for about eight months to buy such an Audi, but it is likely that an exception was made for the duke’s couple.
Pictures from the ceremony appeared just a few hours after the news that William had installed a charging station for an electric car in Kensington Palace: such a device appeared for the first time on the territory of a residence with a four-century history. From an 800 volt DC station, the RS e-tron GT can be charged in about 25 minutes, and five minutes is enough to replenish the range of 100 kilometers. A full battery provides the electric car with 472 kilometers of track on the WLTP cycle.
In July of this year, the 1981 Ford Escort Ghia, which belonged to Princess Diana, William’s mother, went under the hammer. The final rate turned out to be unexpectedly high and amounted to 47 thousand pounds, while it was planned to help out no more than 40 thousand pounds. The price is due to the importance of the hatchback: Prince Charles gave it to Diana in honor of their engagement.
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