New EV On The Block
The world's lineup of electric vehicles is getting a new addition in 2018, and it's going to be an SUV from German automaker Audi. The concept for this e-tron Sportback vehicle first came out in September 2015 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, Audi has opened up reservations for buyers based in Norway for $2,500. That's the price to reserve — the actual price of the electric SUV has yet to be announced.
In terms of what it could deliver, the e-tron SUV boasts a 499-km (310-mile) range on a single charge of its 95 kWh battery (which, by the way, can be fully charged in 50 minutes). That's more than the 465-km (289-mile) single charge range of Tesla's Model X SUV's 100 kWh battery. In addition, Audi is considering adding an autonomous driving software to the SUV's features.
In terms of looks, the e-tron is stylish, and could be more so if Audi decides to trade the side mirrors for a couple of cameras instead. Inside, it's dashboard will be covered in OLED screens — perfect for network connectivity based on LTE Advanced.
Audi joins a number of veteran automakers that are developing their own line of EVs. Fossil fuels are set to take a hit from clean energy transportation, and EVs are already capable of replacing 90 percent of today's vehicles, according to MIT.