Audi launches electric SUV with help from Amazon

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 22, 2018

Through the partnership, U.S. e-tron customers who receive energy bills from their local utilities can offset their home electricity consumption by supporting renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. Audi e-tron boasts of being "extremely well connected".

"When somebody is looking at buying a Model S, they're considering that against something like an Audi A6 or A8, or against a Porsche Panamera or who knows, BMW 5 Series, 7 Series", Musk said on a conference call.

Audi says up to 30% of the car's range is achieved thanks to its energy recuperation system.

In an industry first, conventional mirrors on the front doors were replaced by small narrow slats mounted with cameras, with video monitors installed on the interior door panels.

An official range estimate in the US will be available closer to launch next year, an Audi of America spokesman said.

Styling wise, the e-tron remains relatively faithful to the original concept from 2015 with most of the design cues having been carried over.

Driverless transport systemAudi said production at the Brussels plant adhered to the principle of digital networking, with a case in point being the tailor-made system of driverless transport system (DTS) it is using to move parts and batteries to the line. All EVs, not just Audi vehicles, will have access. Electrify America has been aggressively adding charging stations across the country.

These developments might remind you of what's already been accomplished by Tesla vehicles and its Supercharger network.

All aim to expand the market for premium electric vehicles and also to grab share of that market from Palo Alto, California-based Tesla, which has had the niche largely to itself. Initial deliveries to European customers are planned for late 2018. The vehicle has a DC fast-charging capability of up to 150 kW - available at select high-speed public charging stations - which can deliver up to an 80% charge in approximately 30 minutes. "Most people don't want to be dealing with the issues of early adopters", said Abuelsamid. One of those will be a grand touring version, in concept form, of the new Audi e-tron, a cornerstone of the German automaker's ambitious electrification plan. Still, it makes me wonder what Audi might have done to deliver on its promise of changing the game. In its top recovery mode, the e-tron begins to noticeably slow as soon as the driver eases up on the accelerator pedal, allowing the driver to operate the crossover with a single pedal.

SAN FRANCISCO-When the e-tron, Audi A.G.'s first fully electric sport utility vehicle, arrives in the US next year, it will be rolling on Goodyear tires.

Audi e-tron is not a traditional looking Audi SUV.

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