All-electric Audi SUV on sale in early 2019

Audi has announced details of its first ever fully electric model.

What the manufacturer describes as their "sporty SUV" promises to combines the space and comfort of a typical large, luxury model with a driving range suitable for everyday use and for longer journeys.

With ample room for five occupants and a range of up to 500km (NEDC ), Audi’s new electric SUV is ready to cope with everyday use with no compromises.

Without model pricing, which will not be announced later this year, Audi Ireland has opened an online pre-registration tool, where customers pre-order this new model. They can leave a refundable €2,000 deposit, which will be off-set against the purchase price of the electric SUV ahead of delivery in early 2019.

Henning Dohrn, brand director with Audi Ireland, said: “We’ve reached a real milestone moment with this announcement as it’s the first time we will launch a fully electric model, to the Irish market. It is a hugely exciting time for Audi and our customers because we are not only unveiling a state- of- the- art BEV model, but also the wider infrastructure to support it through our JV. This will ensure the necessary infrastructure will be in place to support the future needs of customers across Ireland.”

Based on the Audi e-tron quattro concept model, this large SUV has been developed to be both sustainable and efficient with a charging capacity of 150kW in a little less than 30 minutes. The new electric quattro system catapults four-wheel technology into a new age and ensures strong performance on any terrain.

With three electric motors that deliver 320kW, the Audi e-tron quattro concept provides the economy of electricity without sacrificing on power. This Audi boasts no lag between accelerating and launch, which offers a thrilling experience when compared with combustion engine models.

Its sleek and fluid new design holds a stunning presence and remarkable aerodynamics due to Audi’s all-new virtual wing mirrors. Small cameras replace exterior mirrors, relaying the car’s surroundings to OLED displays housed within the front doors. Blind spots are eliminated and the field of vision is expanded, while air-flow is improved and wind noise is reduced.

Audi, along with BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group, has announced the formation of an e-mobility alliance to collectively spearhead the creation and implementation of a fast-charging network in six key sites across Ireland. Ionity’s main site partner, Topaz, will facilitate five out of the six strategic sites and will have a total of more than 30 charging points in service areas on major transit routes.

For further information on the Audi range contact Audi Athlone on (090 ) 6403900 or visit www.audiathlone.ie

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