Audi promises battery fuelled SUV

Audi promises battery fuelled SUV

A German car manufacturing giant has announced plans for a battery-fuelled sports utility vehicle (SUV).

Motorists buying a car from Audi will though have to wait three years before getting their hands on this new addition.

It comes in the wake of Audi unveiling its new all-electric R8 e-tron sports car at the Geneva Motor Show. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi's chief engineer, outlined details at the company's yearly press conference this Wednesday.

He said the "very attractive" new battery-powered SUV would hit the roads at the start of 2018 with a range of around 310 miles (500 kilometres-plus).

Hackenberg did not say where the car would be launched or how much the new model would retail at. The firm's Q5 hybrid begins at roughly £34,682.

Audi intends to position the new motor against the forthcoming much-delayed Model X from Tesla, due to arrive before the finish of 2015.

But although it should hit the roads a whole two years before Audi's new baby, the Model X's range is expected to be 85 to 90 miles less.

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