The Audi e-tron, the first fully electric serial model by the German car manufacturer, will be available as of end of this year starting at 80,000 euros. Furthermore, the car manufacturer announced a Gran Turismo version of the car, also fitted with a purely electric motor. Both revelations were announced by chief executive Rupert Stadler at the annual press conference.
After beginning to accept pre-orders in Norway last year, Audis first electric model is now available in Austria, Switzerland and Belgium as well. The rest of the European customers will have to exercise further patience.
The concept car was first introduced in 2016. The electric motors are said to have a system performance of 320 kW, and a 95 kW lithium-ion battery powers the vehicle for a 500 km range. The SUV also allows for fast charging up to 150 kW, and will be manufactured in Brussels. The electric motor will be provided by the Audi factory in the Hungarian Györ.
As the “sportive tip of the spear”, Audi has announced the e-tron GT, which will be produced as of 2020 in the Böllinger Höfe near Neckarsulm in Germany. The model will be a “very dynamic, four door Gran Turismo with a pure electric drive train.” Stadler also said that Audi sees the fully electric e-tron GT as a progressive interpretation of sportive, and that they believe it will carry the performance brand of Audi Sport into the future.
Whether the e-tron will be built using the SPE construction platform from the VW corporate is currently not known. The SPE construction platform is designed for electric, 2 doored sportscars and supercars; a format that would be of interest to Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini. The first models based on the SPE platform are only expected as of 2025, however.
Audi is planning to offer a total of more than 20 electric vehicles by 2025. For the next stage of the transition, a dozen new purely electric models are expected, as well as 8 new PHEVs.