Audi eTron full electric car debuts – Tesla rival SUV does 200 kmph top speed

Audi's take on the Tesla Model X.

The fully electric powered Audi e-tron is the first all electric car from Audi which will enter series production. Audi e-tron SUV was showcased at San Francisco today, marking global debut. Audi aims to launch by the car by 2020.

An important question when it comes to electric vehicles has always been charging and driving range. Audi e-tron is capable of AC and DC charging. DC fast charging capability is pegged at upto 150 kW at select high-speed charging station, and can get to 80 percent charge in half an hour.

US driving range is not yet revealed but the company had previously mentioned it could achieve about 250 miles (402 kms) as per WLTP European standards. Audi is also gearing up for a possible launch of e-tron GT shown earlier in 2018. Power figures and exact charging time will be made known closer to launch. Audi has mentioned ‘long range’ for practical daily use.

E-Tron’s 9.6-kW AC Level 2 charger delivers a fresh charge overnight. Regenerative braking will play an important role with about 90 percent of braking energy being put back in play via its electric motors. Audi e-tron luxury SUV stands at a length of 16ft. The 5 seater comes with boot space of 28.5 cubic feet, extendable to 57 cu. ft. when seats are kept flat.

Optional virtual exterior mirrors not only reduce aerodynamic drag but takes digitalization to a whole new level. Power comes from 2 electric motors. The electric AWD uses an integrated electro-hydraulic brake control system, the first in an EV. It claims a top speed of 200 kmph and a 0-100 kmph acceleration time of 5.5 seconds.

Manufcatured at the company’s Brussels plant, delivery in Europe will begin in late 2018. In Germany, teh car will retail at a starting price of 79,900 euros (Rs 67 lakhs). It will rival the likes of Mercedes EQC and Tesla Model X. Take a look at the images of the new Audi eTron below.