Geneva Motor Show: Audi E-Tron prototypes hit town

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Alongside the A6, Audi showed off the new E-Tron Prototype all-electric crossover.

That's the e-tron's ability to fast-charge at up to 150 kilowatts, faster than the 100 kw promised by the I-Pace and the 135-kw maximum now possible for various Tesla models. Celebrating the occasion, the company used the platform for the global unveiling of its all-new electric sedan concept, christened E-Vision.

Stadler went on to point out that Audi has built some 250 prototypes of the E-Tron Quattro, and spent the past few years pounding them into the ground in locations such as the Nurburgring race track, in -20-degrees cold in Scandinavia, and +20-degrees heat in desert conditions. Until the start of series production, nearly 250 development vehicles will complete testing under extreme conditions worldwide and this is one reason why you see a camouflaged auto make its way on the stand at the Motor Show.

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There are also futuristic concepts aplenty, perhaps most interestingly Porsche's Mission E Cross Turismo, Aston Martin's Lagonda Vision Concept and the McLaren Senna GTR Concept. At that rate, it's claimed it can charge most of its battery in just 30 minutes.

The distorted e-tron lettering stretches across the new SUV, as if it was charged with electricity. The "e" winds its way around the tailgate at the height of the front fender and is literally electrifying.

In the meantime, Audi is running some of the prototypes, covered in camouflage wrap, on the roads around the Geneva show, giving show-goers the chance to play at being a spy photographer. The sills, with their colourful inserts, indicate where the battery is located.

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A more coupe-like version of the e-tron is also planned, and both vehicles will be produced at Audi's plant in Brussels, Belgium. The German Marque is testing the pre-series vehicles for customer-focused operation in all climate zones ranging from below -20 to above +50 degrees Celsius (-4° to +122° F).

In addition, intensive tests of the charging technology are being conducted worldwide.

When the production Audi e-tron eventually debuts, it will be a fully electric SUV ready contend with the very best on the market.

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