It has Level 1 standard charging from a typical garage outlet through Level 3 fast-charging, which can charge up to 80 percent in 30 minutes, an industry average.
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. On average, Audi's engineers estimate that this system is responsible for as much as 30% of the e-tron's range, depending on the conditions, terrain and driving style.
In order to boost efficiency, the Audi e-tron uses a recuperation system encompassing both electric motors. The South Korean company wished to elevate the usage of hydrogen vehicles, which are powered by electricity created by fuel cells but have been hampered by a shortage of infrastructure and the effort for battery electric cars due to Tesla cars.
A further 550 drones in the subsequent light staging marked the words "e-tron" in the air to celebrate the launch of the first electric SUV to be released by the automaker.
In an interview with Reuters on Monday, Audi America chief Scott Keogh said that the company envisioned Audi to become the number one electric vehicle seller in America. Audi will partner with online retailer Amazon to sell and install home electric vehicle charging systems to buyers of the e-tron, the companies said on Monday. The vehicle will begin deliveries in the US market in the second quarter of 2019.
2019 Audi E-Tron Electric SUV Looks to Take On Tesla Model X
Audi said it plans to introduce a total of 12 fully electric vehicles in its main markets by 2025. Audi said using DTS here also allowed it to deliver components from the warehouse to the assembly line on demand.
While the next couple of years may be less of a fight than Tesla bears anticipate, Audi as a brand represents a legitimate foe, according to Musk's past statements.
The e-tron follows a similar format to its electric rivals.
As November approaches, we're starting to get a more detailed idea of what models and concepts will be the subject of big premieres at the upcoming Los Angeles auto show. In 2012, he dismissed comparisons to Nissan Motor Co.'s Leaf, an cheap electric model meant to sell in the hundreds of thousands.
"The novel thing is that you get everything you would expect from an Audi SUV and it has zero emissions", said Anthony Foulk, Audi senior product manager.