Audi Readying Tesla Model X Fighter
Add Audi to the list of automakers readying an all-electric luxury crossover.
The Tesla Model X hasn’t even reached production yet and the German automaker is gearing up to compete against it. Speaking to Automotive News Europe, CEO Rupert Stadler remained cautious about all-electric vehicles and believes that for the next 10 to 15 years, customers will still prefer plug-in hybrids for electrified vehicles. As for Audi’s Model X fighter, it will have a 310-mile range and will be introduced in early 2018 and Stadler said that it will be able to get 80 percent of its charge in 20 minutes suing a fast-charging station. It is rumored that the EV will be based on the company’s current Q5 but will have a new design as previewed in the image above.
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Expect the model to be underpinned by the German automaker’s second-generation MLB platform that will offer weight savings, helping increase the range of the EV. The model will also be Audi’s first mainstream electric vehicle.
[Source: Automotive News]
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