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By the end of 2018, the first Audi Etrons in the hands of the customer.
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So the answer from Audi to Tesla and the Jaguar I-Pace. The Audi Etron is a SUV that costs in the basic version, 80,000 euros and coming this year.

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          Audi has presented in San Francisco, his first purely electric car. The VW subsidiary responds to Tesla and the Jaguar I-Pace. By the end of 2018, the first vehicles in customer hands. Around 80,000 Euro will be the base price. The recently introduced Mercedes-Benz EQC comes only in the summer of 2019 on the market.

          Boris Schmidt

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          The new electric car from Ingolstadt is to be recognized at first sight as an Audi. There are only a few Design experiments. Audi says it’s an SUV. But one could also speak of a highly specified station wagon. With a length of 4.90 metres, the Etron offers space for up to five people, the trunk holds 600 litres, the door opens electrically.

          Because Audi is, according to its own statement on the way from a pure car manufacturer to a “mobility provider,” it deals not only with the car itself, but also intensively with the charging problem. It was finally, “to convince gas customers,” a new form of energy. The large 95-kWh battery, which weighs about 700 kilograms and the vehicle floor is installed, it creates a first requirement, because so the 400 km range can be realized. Nevertheless, the fear of not coming far enough and find no adequate way to the Store, to the customer.

          Therefore, the Audi or the VW group, together with BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Ford, the company Ionity founded, which is set up by the end of this year in Germany, around 200 high-power charging stations on long-distance routes and highways said. And by 2020 it will be 400 of such HPC-stations. HPC stands for High Power Charging. The columns themselves are designed for a 350 kW, in order to be prepared for the future.

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          To such a pillar of the Etron is able to upload his ability with 150 kW, full play – the Jaguar can do 100 kW, Mercedes 110, Tesla 135. With 150 kW of charging power is produced in a half-hour 80 percent of the battery capacity. For physical reasons, the last 20% battery charge last for a further half an hour. Each Etron-buyer gets from Audi is a kind of credit card that he can at Ionity-pillars, as well as most of the other public power taps download. Is charged only on the Audi, not with each individual provider.

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          However, 85 percent of the charging operations at home, white man in Ingolstadt. In almost all modern houses Download with eleven kW is possible, a corresponding connector provided. So the battery can be charged in a maximum of eight and a half hours. For a surcharge, doubling the charging capacity to 22 kW is also possible, by a Converter in the vehicle from AC power to DC power. The charging time drops to four hours. The simple household outlet with its 2.3 kW is a stopgap, one and a half days schedule. Charging ports on the car are mounted in front of the fender on both sides. For the cable and a little tool of the Etron under the front hood, a small 60-Liter load space.

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