You'd have to have been living in a cave all year to find the (delayed) reveal of the new Audi e-tron electric SUV a surprise. It's a modular electric platform that will form the basis of its most high volume models, from the B (supermini) to the D (large family car) segments of the market.
The vehicle is slighter larger in size than the Q5 model but less than the Q7. Schuster said the e-tron will compete with Tesla's Model X for high-end customers who want an all-electric crossover utility vehicle.
Power in the Audi E-Tron SUV is derived from two asynchronous motors with the help of generous 95 kWh battery pack. They stated the vehicle should gain a range under less rigorous European testing standards of approximately 250 miles or 400 km.
That testing included a 175-mile trip on one full battery charge, from San Francisco's Craneway Pavilion where the Audi event was being held Monday night, to South Lake Tahoe - a trek that starts at sea-level and ends at a 7,000-foot elevation. All-in-all this makes it one of the most powerful electric SUVs available today, even if it's not quite as powerful as the Tesla Model X...
The automaker says numbers for the USA market are pending, but anecdotal data, acquired from a handful of United States road trips in a prototype e-tron, produced ranges as high roughly 270 miles on a full charge, according to Audi president, Scott Keogh. Amazon will deliver the hardware and hire electricians to install them through its Amazon Home Services operation.
An e-tron Sportback will join the range in 2019 while the following year a sportier e-tron GT from AudiSport arrives.
Amazon's partnership with Audi to provide home charging systems is the first time the online retailer has struck such a deal with an automaker. That's the company that was set up as part of parent Volkswagen AG's settlement with USA and California regulators over its diesel emissions rigging scandal.
Audi plans to release two more electric vehicles in the next two years and a total of 12 by 2025. Electric motors included in it is much more than performance.
The e-tron is capable of both AC and DC charging, including DC fast-charging of up to 150 kW at some high-speed charging stations, enabling up to 80 percent of the battery to be charged in about 30 minutes, Audi says. The Hungarian factory building motors for the e-tron will start with a production pace equivalent to 200 vehicles a day, Audi officials said. Staying true to the Agent's form, he caught the vehicle from all angles to give you the best idea of how it will look.
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