Audi Begins Production of the E-tron, Their First Electric SUV

by David Mowatt

Three years after the unveiling of the e-tron,  Audi Brussels finally announced the mass production of Audi’s first ever electric SUV. With plans to begin production on September 3rd, we definitely have a lot of information to look forward to in the coming weeks.

After showcasing a concept model of the e-tron back in 2015 at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Audi has opened up about commencing the mass production of their new electric SUV.  While Audi has confirmed that we won’t get our first look at the production-version of the e-tron until September 17th at their San Francisco event, we are still pleased to hear news of a confirmed production ahead of time.

The e-tron will be produced in Brussels, Audi’s main factory for electric vehicle production after an extensive renovation in 2016.  Audi has stated that the factory in Brussels has since rebuilt the body shop, paint shop and assembly line since it’s renovation to prepare for production of the e-tron. Peter Kössler, Member of the Board of Management for Production and Logistics at Audi, described the e-tron as “a genuine pioneer.” As he continued, “[The e-tron] features innovative technologies such as virtual exterior mirrors and combines traditional Audi qualities in handling and dynamics with technical Vorsprung that goes far beyond the car. Our Brussels plant was comprehensively modernized for the production of the electric car. This is the world’s first certified CO2-neutral mass production in the premium segment.”

So far, we know that the electric SUV will be packing a 95 kwh battery with a range of about 402 kilometers (about 250 miles), with a fast-charging capability of 150 kilowatts.  Those specifications are subject to change, of course, but we’ll keep up to date as new information is revealed. Until then, we’re all looking forward to Audi’s San Francisco presentation in the next few weeks.

As always, we’ll be here to keep you posted.

Source: Audi

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