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Audi e-tron all-electric SUV set for global launch in September

German auto manufacturer Audi will unveil the e-tron, it’s first all-electric car, at an event in September, with drivers able to pre-order on the same day.

The September 17 global launch will take place in San Francisco, where the company is planning to reveal the specs and price for the eagerly-anticipated entry into the e-car market.

The car itself is a 5-door premium SUV and is the first of three electric vehicles the firm will launch by the end of 2020. We already know it’ll have a range of around 245 miles, with fast-charging capabilities maxing out at 150kW. The vehicle will require an overnight charge (around 8.5 hours) to fully replenish the battery with an 11Kh home charger.

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Audi’s e-tron will be available in dealers during the early part of 2019, but the company is placing a lot of stock in its reservation system, which will be a little more like Tesla’s. For a $1,000 deposit from September 17, buyers will be able to track the progress of the production online. More will be revealed about the process the launch event, the company says.

In a release on Friday, the auto giant said: “We’re introducing a premium, customer-centric vehicle in a premium, customer-centric way.

“With our owners and our dealers, this process allows us to offer transparency from reservation and build all the way through delivery.”

Audi says it expects 30% of its customers to be driving electric vehicles by 2025.

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