Audi launches US$100k all-electric sport sedan to rival Tesla Model S — report

Audi launches US$100k all-electric sport sedan to rival Tesla Model S — report
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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 12): Audi is launching its all-electric Audi e-tron GT with a starting price of US$100,000, which will go on sale in the US this summer and which industry observers say will be a competition to Tesla’s Model S.

In a report yesterday, energy portal Oilprice.com  quoted AUDI AG board member for sales and marketing Hildegard Wortmann as saying “The Audi e-tron GT is the beginning of a new era for Audi. Our aim is to shape the future of electric premium mobility.”

The report added that the manufacturer suggested retail pricing in the US for the e-tron GT quattro Premium Plus is US$99,900, e-tron GT quattro Prestige will sell for US$107,100, and the highest-end RS e-tron GT will cost US$139,900, citing Audi USA.

Preliminary manufacturer’s estimated ranges based on approximation of United States Environmental Protection Agency test cycles for a full charge are 238 miles for the e-tron GT, and 232 miles for the RS e-tron GT.

The e-tron GT produces up to 522 horsepower, while the RS e-tron GT distributes up to 637 horsepower to all four wheels, Audi USA said.

Audi’s new electric sedans will be the third and fourth all-electric additions to Audi’s US portfolio.

The German automaker looks to have a 30% electrified model portfolio by 2025 including fully electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. In addition to the e-tron and e-tron Sportback, a fifth EV — the Audi Q4 e-tron — is expected to join the Audi model range in the coming year.

“Audi aims to achieve full net CO2 neutrality across the lifecycle of its vehicles by 2050,” said Audi USA.