Audi presented the fully electric Audi e-tron SUV for the Tesla competitor in San Francisco, California on Monday.
The Audi e-tron will be available for $ 75,000 in the US in the middle of the year with a tax refund of $ 7,500. Audi's goal is to become "the number one electric car dealer in the United States in the long term" said Scott Keogh, chairman of the Audi of America, at the Reuters news agency.
The Audi e-tron has two electric motors for driving the front and rear wheels. Electric motors are made in Hungary. The Hungarian motor factory has the capacity to produce 200 Audi e-tron daily.
The Audi e-tron is a medium-sized SUV body designed to carry five passengers. The body has traditionally side-facing doors, in contrast to the "wing" of the Tesla X. The Audi e-tron is 13 centimeters shorter than the Tesla X and is similar to the BMW X5 SUV. The Audi e-tron has a battery capacity of 95 kilowatt hours compared to the Tesla X 100D with a capacity of 100 kilowatt hours. The range of the Audi e-tron was not presented on the show. The Tesla X 100D range is 475 kilometers.
Audi has also joined the Amazon.com retail portal for the sale and equipment of electric car chargers. According to Audi's announcement, the charging station costs about $ 1,000. The charging stations of Tesla are $ 500 with equipment.
For e-tron customers Amazon will supply filling equipment and Amazon Home Services will provide them with their equipment. "We sell and charge electric car charging equipment as an important new business," said Pat Bigatel, director of Amazon Home Services at the Audi eTron news agency at Reuters at the Bill Graham Civic Center event in San Francisco.
Electrify America, the parent company of Audi, a Volkswagen AG, funded by the US authorities under the Damage Charging Agreement, will start installing public charging points in the United States next year, according to information from the Reuters press agency.
Tesla has 11,000 charging points in the United States and plans to set up the Electrify America 2000 station until June. The charging points of America America can be used to charge electric cars and the payment will be made with a card.