Audi launches electric SUV in Tesla’s backyard, with…

The electric SUV is slated to go on sale by the end of September 2018 with deliveries commencing by the end of this year

The car's two electric motors accelerate the e-tron from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.5 seconds with a top speed of 124 miles per hour. They stated the vehicle should gain a range under less rigorous European testing standards of approximately 250 miles or 400 km.

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. European sales start in November. Audi says it will begin US deliveries of the e-tron during the second quarter of 2019.

In the name of efficiency, the e-tron will operate in two-wheel drive under most driving conditions.

In Europe, the e-tron will offer an option of cameras instead of conventional mirrors to give drivers a view to the rear. The image is displayed on each side of the interior, and while they're more aerodynamic and can cut noise, they also pose other potential issues and are not yet allowed by USA regulators.

"In the future, virtually every market segment will include models powered by a combination of electric motors and a combustion engine, and that can be charged at an electric outlet", says Board Member for Technical Development Mertens. And of course, the e-tron's brakes are capable of energy regeneration. In its top recovery mode, the e-tron begins to noticeably slow as soon as the driver eases up on the accelerator pedal, allowing the driver to operate the crossover with a single pedal.

Volkswagen also announced Monday that the group intends to make 10 million electric vehicles in the first wave by investing US$7 billion (RM29 billion) in EV production, and this Audi e-tron is just the first of the wave - the Brussels plant is already producing 200 of these per day.

The SUVs in this portfolio include the e-tron and the e-tron Sportback, which is due to make its debut in 2019. The e-tron is rated to tow 4,000 pounds. Juicing everything up is a 95 kWh battery pack. The e-tron will feature standard DC fast-charging capability up to 150 kilowatts - increasingly available at public stations - that can deliver an 80 percent charge in roughly 30 minutes. The e-tron will be the first of three battery-electric vehicles that Audi will debut by 2020, as the company anticipates that one in every three of its USA customers will buy an electric vehicle by 2025.

Buyers will be able to purchase a home charging system and have it installed by Amazon Home Services. This and numerous innovative technologies primarily in the area of drive systems are giving rise to a separate product family of e-SUVs with electric quattro all-wheel drive.

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