Audi has officially opened the UK order books for the e-tron. Customers can choose between two versions, the base e-tron and the e-tron Launch Edition. Pricing positions the Audi below the Tesla Model X and above Jaguar’s I-Pace electric car.
In detail, the Audi e-tron and e-tron Launch edition are priced from £71,490 and £82,240 respectively, not including the UK’s £3,500 government grant. That makes the new Audi EV more expensive than the Jaguar I-Pace (£58,995) but cheaper than the Tesla Model X (£91,650), which is available in the UK only with large batteries.
The Audi e-tron is open to order through the carmaker’s dealer network now. However, customers had a window of opportunity two weeks earlier through the Audi UK deposit scheme. It allowed early access to the two e-tron variants, but also to a third, the Edition 1. Thirty examples of the latter were earmarked for the UK, all of which have now been reserved. Deliveries of all models are set to start in April.
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Briefly, the details of the Audi e-tron: a 95kWh battery pack mounted under the passenger compartment feeds two electric motors, one on each axle. The e-tron has 664Nm of torque, a range of up to 387km according to the latest WLTP standards, and does 100kph in 5.7 seconds. Audi claims their electric SUV can charge its battery up to 80 per cent of its capacity in 30 minutes when hooked up to a 150kW fast charger.
The e-tron electric SUV is Audi’s first fully electric vehicle. It is now also mastered as a storage device for intermittent renewable energy in private homes. Audi reported particularly high demand for its e-tron in Europe since it had overcome delays late last year.
Also, the Audi e-tron Charging Service now has officially gone online in ten European countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Finland, Ireland and Luxembourg. Six more countries are to follow in the first quarter of the year (we reported).
Additional reporting Nora Manthey.