Audi electric e-tron
Audi is bringing another full-electric e-tron model, the Audi e-tron Sportback, to production in 2019 at its Brussels factory following the launch of the Audi e-tron electric SUV in 2018, the automaker announced in a press release Wednesday, and an electric supercar could also be on the way.
Audi e-tron is looking to continue its innovation efforts with new e-tron electric models. Though the automaker has toyed with them in the past, contemporary technology has proved for some setbacks that indicated a viable high-performance EV for the brand would be a few years out. Now though, we know that there are two new EVs—the 320-kilowatt e-tron Sportback and the e-tron electric SUV that are fresh and ready to come to market. Both cars will be built at the automaker’s Brussels facility.
The move is said to echo the launch of the Audi e-tron Quattro in 1980. Although based on the contemporary Audi Coupe, the Quattro production vehicle and rally cars carried a distinct name in combination with its turbocharged engine and all-wheel setup.
The first time Audi e-tron stood alone as its own model name was in 2015 at the Frankfurt auto show, where Audi introduced the audi e-tron Quattro concept. This all-electric SUV was the precursor to the model headed for production next year.
Meanwhile, the e-tron Sportback concept uses a 429-hp electric drivetrain with two motors in the rear and one up front, along with a 95-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Audi e-tron claims it could provide up to 310 miles of range on a single charge, with an option for a 30-minute quick charge that would replenish more than 200 miles of range. Those, however, are numbers for the concept, and there’s no confirmation or further details about the powertrain that will be put into production.
Stadler says that the Audi e-tron sub-brand will soon become a little more focused as “in the long term the name e-tron will stand for a pure electric driveline structure”, with future all-electric variants of the core range branded “for example [as] A6 e-tron, A7 e-tron, A8 e-tron and so on”.