The Audi E-tron SUV, the firm’s first full electric car, has gone into volume production at its factory in Brussels, Belgium.
The car, which is due to be revealed tomorrow, on 17 September, will feature a maximum power output of 402bhp and torque of 490lb ft, which will enable it to reach 62mph in less than six seconds. It will have an electronically limited top speed of 124mph.
The E-tron will be built at Audi Brussels, which has been comprehensively reworked to produce electric vehicles. Audi’s production boss, Peter Kössler, joined factory manager Patrick Danau to watch the first E-tron — finished in Catalunya Red paint — come off the production line.
The confirmation that the E-tron has gone into volume production comes on the same day that rival Mercedes-Benz will launch its EQC electric SUV.
The E-tron will be launched at the Audi Summit, which was postponed from earlier this year. It will be powered by a dual-motor powertrain using a 95kWh lithium ion battery and capable of 150kW DC fast charging. The latter is claimed as a world first and is 30kW more rapid than Tesla's Supercharger network. It can charge the car in just 30 minutes.
Under normal driving conditions, the combined power of the car's two motors is 350bhp, with torque of 414lb ft of torque, although a boost mode unlocks the full 402bhp for up to eight seconds.