Audi canceled the presentation of the electric crossover e-tronJune 26, 2018
Audi canceled the official event at which the electric crossover e-tron quattro was due to debut, citing “organizational difficulties”. According to the Financial Times, the decision is related to the arrest of the executive director of the brand Rupert Stadler.
The event, called the Audi Summit, was to take place on August 30 in Brussels. Instead, the German manufacturer moved it to the US, but has not confirmed the date yet. Electrek, who has already received an invitation, claims that it is scheduled for September.
The importance of the summit for Audi was confirmed by Stadler himself in an interview with the Financial Times a week before his arrest: “Believe me, this is not just an electric car. This is the starting point for the next quantum leap. ”
The warrant for the arrest of Rupert Stadler was issued by the Munich prosecutor’s office in the middle of this month. He is accused of concealing evidence in the case of “dieselgate”. Stadler himself denies his guilt. The accusation, on the contrary, believes that the top manager, about two years before the German manufacturer began to install on his cars fraudulent equipment that took a new position, may be involved in this.
Audi e-tron – the first electric vehicle of the brand – will receive a block of lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 95 kilowatt-hours and can be charged at 150-kilowatt charging stations. The crossover will be equipped with “virtual” side mirrors, an adaptive air suspension and an active air intake with movable flaps.