The Audi e-tron prototype, the brand’s first all-electric model, has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Audi e-tron prototype is an all-electric sporty four-wheel drive premium SUV, with space for five people and their luggage.
It features one electric motor on the front axle and two on the rear, resulting in power to all four wheels, and is expected to have an electric range of over 300 miles and a 0 to 62mph acceleration time of around 4.5 seconds.
The production version of the Audi e-tron prototype will have a range of charging options, including the ability to use fast-charging stations with up to 150 kW charging capacity in just under 30 minutes. It will be launched in the European market at the end of 2018.
The Audi e-tron will complete test drives on four continents between now and its launch. 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). Intensive tests of the charging technology are also being conducted worldwide. The individual charging standards are tested on proving grounds and in public areas to validate the full range of different charging options. In total, just under 250 Audi e-tron prototypes are being tested. They will cover more than five million kilometres (3,106,856 miles) – roughly equivalent to 125 times around the earth and 85,000 hours on the road.
“Audi sets an important milestone for the company’s future with its first purely electrically powered model,” said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. “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.”