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Audi launches electric car to take on Tesla

Chris Reiter

Published 20/08/2015 | 02:30

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A Tesla S electric car and a charging station on display at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Photo: Reuters

Audi plans to show an electric crossover with a range that rivals Tesla Motors's Model S, stepping up pressure on the electric-carmaker as it prepares to add an SUV of its own.

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Audi's E-tron Quattro concept, which will be unveiled next month at the Frankfurt auto show, can drive more than 500km before needing to recharge, the Ingolstadt, Germany-based carmaker said in a statement.

That beats Tesla's stated 420km range for the base version of the Model S, but trails behind the 528km of the 85D variant.

The display car is equipped with three electric motors and includes movable components at the front, side and rear to improve aerodynamics and extend the driving range.

The E-tron concept is a precursor for an electric sport-utility vehicle that Audi plans to start producing in 2018.

Tesla, run by Elon Musk, is increasingly a threat to larger luxury-car brands like Audi because of the allure of its vehicles (Bloomberg)

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