Audi unveils the prototype for its first all-electric model at the Geneva Motor Show
The Audi e-tron prototype offers a preview of the first all-electric model from the brand that will be launched in 2020. The camouflaged exterior conceals a sporty premium SUV with space for five people along with plenty of luggage.
The production version of the Audi e-tron prototype can fill up on electricity at fast-charging stations with up to 150 kW charging capacity. In just under 30 minutes, the SUV is then ready for the next leg of the long-distance journey. The production version of the Audi e-tron will be launched on the European market at the end of 2018. The car is produced at the carbon-neutral plant in Brussels.
“In 2020 we will have three all-electric vehicles in our product range, with a four-door Gran Turismo – the production version of the Audi e-tron Sportback concept – and a model in the compact segment joining the sporty SUV. We will be launching more than 20 electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 2025 – spread across all segments and concepts,” explains Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG.
Until the first electric model of the brand with the four rings is launched at the end of the year, the sporty SUV will complete test drives on four continents. Audi is testing the pre-series vehicles for customer-focused operation in all climate zones ranging from below -20 to above +50 degrees Celsius (-4° to +122° F).
In addition, intensive tests of the charging technology are being conducted worldwide – an important safeguarding criterion for battery-electric models. The cars will cover more than five million kilometers (3,106,856 mi) – roughly equivalent to 125 times around the earth and 85,000 hours on the road.