Audi Challenges Tesla in Electric SUV Market

Audi Challenges Tesla in Electric SUV Market

Audi Challenges Tesla in Electric SUV Market

Reservations for the Audi e-tron opened up on Monday night with a refundable deposit of Dollars 1,000. Audi e-tron boasts of being "extremely well connected".

With regard to perfromance figures, Audi did not disclose the exact numbers and only said that it will be disclosed at a later date.

"Everything in production has been optimised to achieve completely smooth processes", said Bertram Günter, project leader of the new system at Audi Brussels.

Another cool feature on the e-tron is the camera based side view mirrors (not really mirror now huh). You can also argue that the Q8 has a more dynamic appearance, sleeker headlights, a more fastback-like rear and even a slightly more sloped roof, despite being taller than the e-tron overall. The electric SUV is the first created to use an emerging network of lightning-fast 150-kilowatt public EV chargers.

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THE electric revolution is on the charge. In identifying hard metrics backing up the Electrify plan, Keogh noted that "owners will receive 1,000 kilowatt-hours of charging at Electrify America sites over four years", Keogh said. With fast charging, the auto can reach 80 percent in about 30 minutes. But that belies a critical development that was introduced to the EV market last night: greater reliability. "Most people don't want to be dealing with the issues of early adopters", said Abuelsamid.

Audi e-tron is powered by two electric motors with a combined output of 355 hp and 561 Nm, but the boost mode increase power output to 402 hp and 664 Nm, which drop 0-100 kph to below 6 sec from 8 sec on normal mode and top speed is limited to 200 kph. Still, it makes me wonder what Audi might have done to deliver on its promise of changing the game. Components and technologies available in these SUVs will be used to produce a separate product family of electric quattro all-wheel drives, says Audi. The electric SUV can recover energy in two ways: by means of coasting recuperation when the driver releases the accelerator or by means of braking recuperation by depressing the brake pedal.

Could we hope for a three-motor E-Tron at some point? Audi will have nine more opportunities to deliver that kind of game-changing propulsion in the next seven years. In fact, at 4,900 mm (193 in) long, 1,930 mm (76.3 in) wide and 1,666 mm (65.5 in) tall, the e-tron is roughly the same size as a Range Rover Velar, meaning it sits somewhere between a compact luxury SUV and a mid-size one - larger than a Q5, smaller than a Q7.

Audi promises that the e-tron will be the first of 12 electric cars that will be unleashed on the market by 2025 covering every major segment.

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