Audi to offer 12 production electric vehicles by 2025

Kenny Grant
September 21, 2018

The electric SUV will have a top speed of 124mph.

All e-trons will have a 95-kilowatt-hour battery pack under the floor that has its own temperature management system to recover heat waste and help condition the cabin as well as extend range.

AUDI AG will also greatly expand its range of plug-in hybrid automobiles. It is the first model in their fleet of many more electric vehicles to come in coming years.

The Audi e-tron, a five-passenger mid-sized SUV, is expected to be delivered to showrooms in the first part of 2019. Audi claims they will offer Fast charging with up to 150 kW and ample range suitable for long-distance journeys.

There's a continuous shoulder line extending from the headlights to the tail-lights, accompanied by numerous character lines along the bonnet and fenders that give the e-tron quattro a wide, muscular stance. But add several features.

A range of interior trims and colour schemes are available - including open-pore ash wood exclusive to the e-tron - along with optional features like wireless smartphone charging. The Audi e-tron will be launched in Europe in 2018. As per sources, the SUV is anticipated to cost about $75,000 and comes on the heels of Jaguar's $70,000 I-PACE. Steering-wheel paddles also let the driver specify the amount of regeneration, allowing near-one-pedal operation in the most aggressive setting. When the driver lifts their foot off of the accelerator, energy that would have been used to slow down the vehicle instead charges the battery via the electric motor. The motors also supplement the braking by the friction brakes, and Audi estimates that the e-tron motors will provide the deceleration in 90 percent of braking situations.

The e-tron is the latest in a string of dedicated EVs from European automakers that are taking aim at Tesla and other startups with Tesla-like ambitions. Almost all of its functions are controlled via two interior touchscreens.

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The e-tron is built at Audi's plant in Brussels. A mid-range, "Prestige" model jumps to $81,800.

Design language for e-tron is impressive at the very first look. Preorders are already underway. Pricing starts at $75,795 in the USA where it arrives in the second quarter.

Overall, the e-tron doesn't look radically different from Audi's conventionally powered SUV models.

The small SUV will face tough competition from the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQC but it has all the right credentials in the practical family auto stakes with five seats, 600 litres of boot space and a further 60 litres of storage space under the bonnet.

And Audi, unlike Tesla, has the benefit of a deeply experienced, well-funded global manufacturing infrastructure.

German automaker will initially target Tesla Model X.

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