2019 Audi e-tron prototype
Audi unveils first fully electric prototype at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

IT’S pure electric. The Audi e-tron prototype SUV is the German car maker’s first foray into fully electrified vehicles, and offers a comfortable, spacious interior, with a long range designed to make it suitable for everyday use.

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show, the sporty SUV comes resplendent in its own special camouflage pain scheme, which visualises high-voltage drive system and battery technology.

Until the start of series production, almost 250 development vehicles will complete testing under extreme conditions worldwide, with a plan for some five million test kilometres on four continents.

The Audi e-tron prototype offers a preview of the first all-electric model from the brand with the four rings. The camouflaged exterior conceals a sporty premium SUV with space for five people along with plenty of luggage.

The range, suitable for longer journeys, and the comprehensive charging options, allow customers to drive purely electrically without making compromises, with the brand banking on a suite of fast-charging stations to allow for ‘leg’ based journeys.

Headed for a full production launch for the European market at the end of this year, the production version of the Audi e-tron prototype can plug-in at a fast-charging station and top up to 150 kW charging capacity in just under 30 minutes.

The SUV is then ready for the next leg of the long-distance journey. Its electric quattro drivetrain is focused on performance, and catapults the four-wheel drive into a new age and ensures strong performance on any terrain.

“Audi sets an important milestone for the company’s future with its first purely electrically powered model,” said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG.

“In 2020 we will have three all-electric vehicles in our 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. We will be launching more than 20 electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 2025 – spread across all segments and concepts.”

It is not yet known when the Audi e-tron will be released in Australia, with a dependency on fast-charging stations expected to present additional potential issues for the local region.

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