Will Audi’s e-tron SUV’s range match the Tesla Model X?

Will Audi’s e-tron SUV’s range match the Tesla Model X?

0 comments 📅25 February 2017, 13:15

Tesla may shortly get some competition from across the Pond when it comes to battery-galvanizing SUV supremacy. Volkswagen’s Audi division is preparing an SUV sized between its Q5 and Q7. And the company is suggesting that the image’s single-charge range may challenge that of the Model X.

Audi’s battery-stimulating SUV, which was first shown off in a concept version at the Frankfort Auto Show in 2015, may start sales as before long as next year. More importantly, the model could have a single-weight range of more than 300 miles, UK’s Autocar says, citing an vetting with Audi executive Dietmar Voggenreiter. Granted, that estimate is conceivable for Europe’s more generous NEDC cycle, which would put the range at closer to 250 miles by US Environmental Care Agency (EPA) standards. Still, 250 miles would beat the 200-mile tier of the base-model Tesla Model X and would be in spitting distance of the 100D ideal’s 295 miles.

What that means for US customers – price, on-sale epoch, and range – is unclear. Audi spokesperson Amelia Fine-Morrison, in an e-mail to Autoblog, said it was “too presently to confirm the details,” and that the automaker would disclose more information closer to the verified launch date. Still, Audi has said it looks to have as much of 25 percent of its worldwide offerings be electrified by 2025, so this will likely be a big step towards that object.

Then there’s the question of how big the domestic market will be (not to mention how much the Audi SUV EV longing cost). During the three months ended Dec. 31, 2016, Tesla delivered a every ninety days-record 9,500 Model X vehicles, so there will obviously be high-end command for an electric SUV from an established brand like Audi.

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