In March 2018, Audi unveiled its first purely electrically powered model – Audi e-tron prototype at the Geneva Motor Show. It is a sporty premium SUV with space for five people along with plenty of luggage – the space and comfort are similar to that of a typical Audi luxury class model. The e-tron prototype was concealed with camouflage which visualizes high-voltage drive system and battery technology.
The production version of the Audi e-tron will be launched in the European market at the end of 2018. However, before its official launch, the sporty SUV will complete test drives on four continents under extreme conditions. In addition, intensive tests of the charging technology are being conducted worldwide – an important safeguarding criterion for battery-electric models.
Audi’s roadmap of developing electric vehicles has been unfolded. In 2020, there will be three all-electric vehicles in its product range, with a four-door Gran Turismo - the production version of the Audi e-tron Sportback concept and a model in the compact segment joining the sporty SUV. By 2025, Audi will be launching more than 20 electric cars and plug-in hybrids which spread across all segments and concepts.