Audi goes electric with e-tron EV SUV launch (gallery)

Mae Love
September 22, 2018

Prices for the e-tron will start at a £70,805 and will start to roll off the assembly line at Audi's CO2-neutral plant in Brussels later this year. The charging cables used in these charging stations are liquid cooled to allow this new level of power to be transferred without overheating. Audi, BMW, and Mercedes are all introducing electric SUVs in the next year or two.

The carmaker will use a total of four platforms for electric cars - Major League Baseball (modular longitudinal platform), an e-platform developed in collaboration with Porsche, Premium Platform Electric (PPE) developed with Porsche, and the just-revealed MEB.

According to CNBC, "Hummel noted the e-tron will get 30 miles to 50 miles less range than the Tesla Model X and will accelerate "significantly slower".

Over the next few years, a coupe version of the e-tron SUV will also be introduced, as will an electric compact auto.

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The E-Tron, whose anticipated range in the United States is expected to be about 225 miles per charge, offers an opportunity for a fresh start at Audi if the model proves popular with customers.

A further 550 drones in the subsequent light staging marked the words "e-tron" in the air to celebrate the launch of the first electric SUV to be released by the automaker.

The E-Tron's most important innovations were not visible at the unveiling.

While the next couple of years may be less of a fight than Tesla bears anticipate, Audi as a brand represents a legitimate foe, according to Musk's past statements. This gives the e-tron range that is suitable for driving long distances. Earlier there were some reports that next generation R8 will be an electric sports auto and it could be true as the production model could be based on this concept version. The charging station itself will cost $1,000. The e-tron battery can be charged up to 80 per cent in 30 minutes using 150 kW DC high-speed charger. Amazon will deliver the hardware and hire electricians to install them through its Amazon Home Services operation. "We want to work with all" automotive brands, said Giovanni Palazzo, Electrify America's chief executive. The Hungarian factory building motors for the e-tron will start with a production pace equivalent to 200 vehicles a day, Audi officials said. A wing spoiler, 20-inch wheels, and black body cladding complete the e-tron's exterior. That feature is still not approved by U.S. regulators. The concept version of the E-Tron had three motors, providing the ability to shift traction at speed with boosts of electric acceleration rather than braking.

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