After much teasing, Audi has unveiled the e-tron to the world at an event in California. The electric all-wheel drive SUV has a charging capacity of up to 150 kW at quick-charging stations. Initial deliveries to European customers are planned for later this year. The starting price of the electric SUV in Germany is €79,900.
The German brand also announced that – by 2025 – it will offer twelve automobiles with all-electric drive in the most important markets worldwide and achieve roughly one-third of its sales with electrified models.
Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at AUDI AG says: “The Audi e-tron is definitely a highlight in the history of our company and the starting signal for our electrification strategy.”
The company says the new SUV has a number of new features such as a route planner which displays the appropriate route with the required charging points and automated billing at charging stations.
It has already announced details of its new charging service. Audi says will provides all e-tron customers with access to around 80 percent of all public charging stations in Europe. That’s 72,000 charging points available in 16 EU countries, with a further eight markets in Eastern Europe due to follow.
According to reports, Audi will also partner with the online retailer Amazon to sell and install home electric vehicle charging systems to buyers of the e-tron.