Audi is now throwing its hat into the electric vehicle ring.
Scheduled for production in 2019, the Audi e-tron Sportback is a step in the European automakers strategy to have at least three electric vehicles on showroom floors by 2020. The new model is a crossover SUV with a 4.5-second 0-60mph time. It achieves a formidable range of around 300 miles from a 95kWh battery. That’s enough for our Audi mechanics to drive from Cincinnati home to their mothers in Cleveland on one charge.
“The carmaker is pursuing electric options fairly aggressively, likely part of an overall shift dictated by its parent company Volkswagen, which has been more emphatic about its EV plans since its diesel emissions scandal,” TechCrunch reports. “The e-tron Sportback definitely sounds like it could be a strong contender to help show that the electric strategy is full of potential for a range of buyers, and it would be nice to see a vehicle that can compete in many ways with Tesla’s gull-wing luxury electric SUV, the Model X.”
More Electric Audis Scheduled for Market
Also on Audi’s electric bucket list is the the all-electric e-tron quattro, scheduled to hit the market in 2018. When it comes to Audi repair, the future is electric.
“Futuristic tech touches make the Audi a sight to behold, including Matrix LED, laser lighting and OLEDs designed to provide new levels of light-based communication with the outside world, as well as passengers within,” Darrell Etherington writes for TechCrunch. “Based on this and other concepts we’ve seen, if you’re not crazy about the idea of cars becoming ‘expressive’ anthropomorphized futurist love bugs, the future isn’t for you.”