E-tron: Audi's answer to Tesla's Model X

Audi E Tron SUV

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The e-tron is engineered for both AC and DC charging via SAE J1772 and combined charging system (CCS) standards.

Earlier this month, Maruti Suzuki has announced that it will start testing prototypes of its flagship electric vehicles in India by October this year.

The SUV was unveiled in San Francisco as production began in Belgium. In Europe, the vehicle will use cameras instead of conventional mirrors to give drivers a view to the rear. Audi are aiming for one third of its sales being made up of electrified vehicles by 2025.

The carmaker will use a total of four platforms for electric cars - Major League Baseball (modular longitudinal platform), an e-platform developed in collaboration with Porsche, Premium Platform Electric (PPE) developed with Porsche, and the just-revealed MEB.

Two electric motors drive the e-tron electric SUV via all four wheels and a system output of up to 300 kW and 664Nm of torque is enough to power it to 62mph in 5.7 seconds.

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Audi's e-tron rides on a platform called the C-BEV and only suited for SUVs. The vehicle in the teaser is likely to be the concept, though hopefully the production version will look just as good. Inside it is configured as a five-seater, with a 660-litre boot.

The large premium SUV measures 4,901mm long, 1,935mm wide and 1,616mm high but claims a zero-emission WLTP-tested range of 248 miles and has the ability to charge in just 30 minutes thanks to its ability to take advantage of 150kW charge points (where available). Audi and parent Volkswagen are using the U.S. launch of the e-tron SUV in mid-2019 to take aim at one obstacle to expanding electric vehicle sales - the lack of convenient ways to recharge their batteries. Audi also captures the electric energy with the brake-energy recuperation system.

Modern day consumers can't seem to live without their phones. The E-Tron is positioned in the heart of the ultra-popular mid-size sport utility market. This is a big step toward cars being more like an extension of our home. The phone will be able to remotely display data like charge left, route, and other settings. To fill this silence is a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo surround system.

"The aim is to streamline the Audi production network, making it more flexible and efficient in order to secure for all of our sites a lasting competitive edge", said the spokesperson, adding that the company was completely rethinking processes and structures for the smart factory. It will be distributed to the worldwide markets from there. He also emphasised that the e-tron is created to recharge more rapidly than rival electric vehicles.

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