Audi Launches Its First Electric Vehicle
The e-tron, Audi’s new all-electric luxury SUV, will be available in the United States (US) and Europe soon.
The automaker revealed the car at an event in San Francisco. They are now taking $1,000 refundable deposits for reservations.
The price of the car starts at $74,800 and goes up to $86,700 for the Special Edition.
The e-tron sports a 95-kWh battery and runs on two electric motors: one in front and one in the back.
The car can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 5.5 seconds and it has a top speed of 124 miles per hour.
It can seat five passengers comfortably. It doesn’t have a self-driving option, but it does feature an advanced cruise-control system. This lets drivers maintain a distance behind other cars and helps keep the car in a lane.
Another cool feature is cameras in place of conventional side mirrors. Screens inside the vehicle will display the view from cameras on both sides of the car.
However, this feature will only be available in Europe. The safety regulations in the US don’t allow cameras instead of side mirrors, but Audi says they are working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to allow the feature.
Drivers can select between different driving modes such as comfortable and sporty, as with all Audi cars.
Audi has also partnered with Amazon to install in-home charging stations for e-tron customers, who can purchase the home charging system if they wish.
The company will launch three electric vehicles in the next two years. The e-tron is the first of the three and its first pure electric car.
News source: CNN Money