Unveiled: The first all-electric auto from Audi


On price, it's tough to ignore that Audi customers can expect to spend less than $90,000 for a top-of-the-line e-tron, according to Audi, compared to a top-range Model X. It's not immediately known how much you'll shell out when available options are added.

Amazon will handle the home charging installation through its Amazon Home Services division.

Although most of the e-tron quattro's styling cues have already appeared on other Audi models, they've all been adapted to make it look a bit more futuristic. Audi claims they will offer Fast charging with up to 150 kW and ample range suitable for long-distance journeys.

Under the cabin floor the battery capacity of 95 kWh, which provides a power reserve of 400 km per charge (when measured by a realistic standard WLTP). The underperformance of the European model as compared to Tesla's high-end cars demonstrates that it may be "more hard than expected by many" to knock Tesla from its leadership position in the next-gen auto market, wrote UBS.

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. During far more than 90 percent of all decelerations, the Audi e-tron recovers energy exclusively via its electric motors. By July of next year, Electrify America will have about 500 charging station complete or under development. It is the first model in their fleet of many more electric vehicles to come in coming years. The official power output has not been released, but Audi said it can do the benchmark 0-60 miles per hour sprint in about 5.5 sec. Audi announced Monday it will join forces with Arcadia Power to support renewable energy production. However, like all electric vehicles, the e-tron will boast nearly immediate torque, boosting its sporty feel.

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

The e-tron is able to automatically adjust its ride height up to 3 inches (76 mm), lowering itself at highway speeds to reduce drag.

Prices for the e-tron will start from $74,800 for a Premium Plus model, which includes niceties like a premium audio system, heated and cooled front seats, and a panoramic sunroof as standard. Some of the more luxurious features on the Prestige model include front seats set in Valcona leather with massage functioning, an air quality package that ionises and fragrances the air, and a complete Driver Assistance Package.

The SUV employs a pair of cooled asynchronous motors attached to single-stage transmissions to deliver torque to the e-tron's axles.

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