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Audi plans electric SUV with 500-kilometre range

Will feature three electric motors to take on Tesla Model X.


August 20, 2015
by ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Audi e-tron quattro concept.   Photo: Audi

The Audi e-tron quattro concept. Photo: Audi

BERLIN — German carmaker Audi says it’s planning to unveil an electric sport SUV concept with a range of over 310 miles (500 kilometres) – well beyond the range of rival carmaker Tesla’s Model S and soon-to-launch Model X.

Audi says in a statement its as-yet unnamed electric SUV will begin production in 2018.

It will unveil the vehicle at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show, which opens to the press Sept. 15.

Tesla’s highly anticipated new Model X SUV, the company’s third vehicle, will begin shipping in a few weeks.

Audi, based in Ingolstadt, Germany, says its electric SUV will feature three electric motors powered by a large lithium-ion battery and will be its first large series electric car.

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