Audi has confirmed its e-tron electric SUV concept will debut as a production ready car in early 2018, with a fully-electric powertrain and 310-mile range. It’ll look almost identical to the car previewed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and is likely to slot in between the all-new Q5 and recently-updated Q7.
Sitting beside the e-tron at Audi’s Future Performance Day workshop this week, Dr Rudiger Chmielewski, head of total vehicle development told Auto Express that they’d undergone several design clinics in Germany and the USA, and were close to finalizing the SUV’s shape.
“We have found the right height,” Dr Chmielewski noted. “You will find this in the exterior. You’ll also find the headlight pattern in all our electric cars.”
Probably the most interesting comment, though, was the comment on charging networks: “By the time we launch the e-tron, we will have a fast charge network in Germany. An 80% charge will take 30 minutes. The success of a model like this will depend on the infrastructure.”
Presuming the comment on a fast-charging network in Germany is true, that’s great, but you can count me as skeptical. Progress on fast-charging infrastructure in Germany has been incredibly slow to date — to the degree that one even has to consider the possibility of “conspiracy theories” on the matter.
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