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Audi Will Unveil The Entry-Level All-Electric E-Tron 50 Quattro Next Year

The e-Tron 50 Quattro, which includes an electric motor on each of its axles and four-wheel-drive, has 308bhp and 540Nm.

Audi will unveil an entry-level version of its all-electric SUV — the e-Tron 50 Quattro — next year. The new model, which will be listed below the current e-Tron 55 Quattro, will boast less performance, a lower range and slower charging times than other vehicles in the e-Tron range. Prices will start at £63,000 and first deliveries will arrive in early 2020.

The e-Tron 50 Quattro, which includes an electric motor on each of its axles and four-wheel-drive, has 308bhp and 540Nm compared to the 402bhp and 664Nm of the e-Tron 55, and features a smaller 71kWh battery pack. The model, with a top speed of 118mph, can go from 0 to 62mph in 7 seconds. Meanwhile, it has a range of 186 miles compared to the 249 miles of the e-Tron 55.

The e-Tron 50 Quattro also supports 120kW fast charging, which enables batteries to recharge by 80 percent in roughly half an hour. Additionally, the electric motors can recharge under deceleration as well, with precedence given to the rear motor, which fills up the e-Tron’s battery pack while driving.

Audi’s connect charging system will be available as an optional extra and includes smart charging functions like off-peak charging, enabling drivers to access cheaper electricity rates. The system also features the myAudi app, enabling owners to oversee the e-Tron’s charging and remotely program the vehicle’s climate control system.

Even though the e-Tron 50 Quattro’s performance won’t compare to the e-Tron 55, the equipment levels will be similar with standard two-zone climate control, adaptive air suspension and a digital instrument binnacle.

The e-Tron 55 Quattro and the e-Tron 50 Quattro are part of Volkswagen AG efforts to turn the page on the “Dieselgate” scandal of 2015. The group is expected to feature 70 electric vehicles, 20 of which will be designed by Audi. The electric SUVs will join an electric A4 sedan, and an electric Q2 compact crossover.

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Audi CEO Bram Schott has stated that in the next 12 months, the automaker expects to sell one million electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles a year. Audi will invest €14 billion into electric mobility, digitalization and autonomous driving in the next four years, though the company’s anticipated spending for the next five years is around €40 billion.

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