Friday 27 April 2018

Audi opens online booking for early 2019 first electric car

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Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

It will be interesting to see how many people put down a €2,000 deposit for an electric car due here early next year.

Audi have opened an online pre-reg to let potential buyers book the marque's first all-electric car.

The SUV is based on the Audi e-tron quattro concept and has, they claim, a charging capacity of 150kW in under 30 minutes. Three electric motors not only give you an electric quattro system (motors drive both axles), you also get a whopping 320kW.

As we reported here some time back, Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen have struck an e-mobility, Ionity, alliance, which means, among other things, we'll see a fast-charging network in six key sites.

Ionity's main site partner, Topaz, will facilitate all six sites. There will be more than 30 charging points in service areas on major transit routes.

Most should be completed by early next year.

The Irish set-up will be mirrored across Europe, meaning customers will be able to access a network of 45,000 charging stations.

By the way, that €2,000 deposit mentioned earlier is refundable if you change your mind. Actual pricing of the car will be revealed later in the year.

Indo Motoring

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