The all-electric Audi E-tron crossover is set to launch next month when the automaker unveils the production model and starts taking $1,000 reservations for the 5-seater with a reported 200-plus miles of range.
Customers will start seeing the E-tron (don’t confuse it with the A3 e-tron Sportback plug-in hybrid that’s been in the market for several years now) sometime in early 2019.
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The automaker announced back in 2016 that it would be launching at least one electrified model a year starting with an all-electric crossover in early 2018, so early 2019 deliveries of the Audi E-Tron EV would just miss the self-imposed deadline.
The company says the new electric crossover will have a 95 kWh battery, all-wheel drive and dual electric motors – one for each axle.
It also will have a 9.6 kW on-board charger and be equipped to handle DC fast charging at up to 150 kW, for an 80% recharge in 30 minutes roles. Overnight home charging with a Level 2 EVSE will require a dedicated 40 amp, 240-volt circuit. (Check out TheGreenCarGuy’s guide to EV charging.)
The Audi E-tron’s regenerative braking system is said by Audi to be a unique design, capable of capturing and storing 90 percent of the energy from braking. It will contribute the power to supply up to 30 percent of the E-tron’s range, according to the company.
Other details, including price, range, towing capacity and cargo capacity, are expected to be released next month when the company unveils the production model.
A prototype driven at the recent annual Pikes Peak hill climb while still wrapped in camouflage boasted 402 horsepower (300 kilowatt) and 413 pound-feet of torque. That’s good for 0-60 mph acceleration in under 6 seconds, according to Audi engineers.
That might give some hint of what U.S. price and range will be.
Jaguar’s iPace starts at $70,495 and has a 90 kWh battery that’s EPA-rated at 240 miles.
The base Tesla Model X starts at $80,000 and has a 75 kWh battery rated at 237 miles. The $96,000 Model X 100 D has a 100 kWh battery and a U.S. range rating of 295 miles.
Audi says the E-Tron’s estimated range is 248 miles under the new European unified test protocol, which has yielded results for other electric cars that are close to U.S. EPA estimates.
Audi requires a $1,000 deposit to reserve an E-tron and says it will be refunded if an order is canceled or, for fulfilled orders, “upon purchase and delivery of the vehicle,”
Like most battery-electric cars sold in the U.S., the E-tron will qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 as well as for various state and local incentives.
(Check out TheGreenCarGuy’s guide to plug-in vehicle incentives.)
Next Read: Audi’s E-Tron Unveiled.