Audi brought to Geneva a nearly serial electric locomotiveMarch 6, 2018
Audi Company brought a prototype of its first production model on electric traction – crossover e-tron at the Motor Show in Geneva. The car shown at the motor show is covered with a special camouflage with e-tron logos.
The exact characteristics of the electric crossover in Audi are not named. The automaker noted only that the all-terrain vehicle will be equipped with the all-wheel drive system. In addition, 30 minutes of charging at a special station is enough for a “long journey”.
Production of Audi e-tron will begin in late 2018. The model will be released at the carmaker’s plant in Belgium.
Before starting production, Audi will test the model in real conditions. This will involve almost 250 test prototypes. They will be tested at temperatures from minus 20 to plus 50 degrees Celsius. Tests will be conducted in the highlands and at the Nurburgring. In total, cars will travel more than five million kilometers.
The head of Audi, Rupert Stadler, noted that by 2020, there will be three electric cars in the automaker’s lineup. To the e-tron will join the sedan and compact crossover. By 2025 Audi’s lineup will be replenished with more than 20 electric cars and plug-in hybrids.
The conceptual precursor of Audi’s first electric crossover is called e-tron quattro. It debuted in September 2015 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
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