Audi unveils e-tron electric SUV: Range, features, pictures

Audi unveils e-tron electric SUV: Range, features, pictures

Audi unveils e-tron electric SUV: Range, features, pictures

After a lengthy teaser campaign, the Audi e-tron has finally been revealed as Ingolstadt's first fully electrically powered series production model.

"We see charging installation as a very important business", Pat Bigatel, director of Amazon Home Services, told Reuters at Audi's launch event in San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Center. The official power output has not been released, but Audi said it can do the benchmark 0-60 miles per hour sprint in about 5.5 sec. The vehicle kicks off a wave of new challengers into the market.

Similar in size to the Audi's popular Q5, the E-Tron starts at $75,795, and a refundable $1,000 will get you on the waiting list for one when deliveries begin early next year. Amazon will deliver the hardware and hire electricians to install them through its Amazon Home Services operation. The underperformance of the European model as compared to Tesla's high-end cars demonstrates that it may be "more hard than expected by many" to knock Tesla from its leadership position in the next-gen auto market, wrote UBS.

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Here'a a look at Audi's first fully-electric vehicle. The e-tron is 5 inches (13 cm) shorter than the Tesla Model X, and it has conventional doors.

Last year, Tesla sold 94 percent of the luxury electric vehicles in the US, according to LMC Automotive.

In a note to clients on Tuesday entitled "Audi e-tron launch - another lap Tesla wins", UBS analyst Patrick Hummel and team, who rate Tesla at sell, pointed to the lower range of the E-Tron in comparison to Musk's Model X, as well as its slower acceleration pace. By 2021, LMC Automotive estimates Tesla's share of the luxury EV market will fall to 63 percent as even more high-end electric vehicles roll into showrooms. It is one of a volley of electric vehicles coming from Volkswagen AG brands, as well as other European premium brands including Daimler-owned Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volvo Cars and Jaguar Land Rover.

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