Audi had announced that its e-tron electric SUV will begin production tomorrow, thereby making it the first real life presentation of a full electric production SUV from any of the German manufacturers. It was with an eye on this announcement that Mercedes-Benz rushed through its early-bird announcement of the Mercedes-Benz EQC in Stockholm this week.

The Audi e-tron prototype
The Audi e-tron prototype on recuperation test at Pikes Peak

The e-tron is slated to have quick charge with 150 kW capacity and has undergone extensive testing, including as a camouflaged unit in rather public events like the Pikes Peak. Here it showed that every kilometre downhill allowed its on board recuperation systems to deliver a kilometre of flat ground running. The system has a 300 kW output and provides a range of 400 kilometres on a charge. Torque is 561Nm while 0-100 km/h sprint time is less than six seconds.

“The Audi e-tron is a genuine pioneer,” stated Peter Kössler, Member of the Board of Management for Production and Logistics at AUDI AG. “It features innovative technologies such as virtual exterior mirrors and combines traditional Audi qualities in handling and dynamics with technical Vorsprung that goes far beyond the car. Our Brussels plant was comprehensively modernized for the production of the electric car. This is the world’s first certified CO2-neutral mass production in the premium segment.” Audi Brussels offsets all emissions produced in production and at the site, primarily by using energy from renewable sources, but also through environmental projects.

Audi will present the unveiled electric car for the first time at its world premiere in San Francisco on September 17.

 

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