On Monday, Audi revealed its first electric car – the E-tron SUV. Billed as an alternative to Tesla’s Model X, the German automotive giant is seeking to enter an increasingly competitive and crowded market.
First teased in 2016, the five-seater E-tron is Audi’s first attempt at an All-Electric vehicle, something its parent company – Volkswagen Group – had long encouraged.
Set for a mid-2019 release, the E-tron will begin at a shade under $75,000. It is fitted out with 20-inch wheels, air suspension, LED lighting, panoramic sunroof, inductive wireless smartphone charging, and a slew of other features.
The numbers game is also encouraging for would-be E-tron buyers. The E-tron has a 95-kWh battery which Audi claims is an innovative design engineered for repeatable performance, longevity, and safety.
Audi says the E-tron is engineered for both AC and DC charging via the widespread industry standards. It debuts a DC fast charging capability of up to 150 kW available at select high-speed public charging stations delivering up-to an 80 percent charge in only approximately 30 minutes.
This should propel the SUV to 60 mph in less than six seconds. It can hit 248 miles of range on the New European Driving Cycle and is equipped with dual asynchronous motors churning out 355 horsepower.