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As Tesla Announces Model X’s Release Date, It Will Have An Audi Rival In Australia Soon

As Tesla Announces Model X’s Release Date, It Will Have An Audi Rival In Australia Soon
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As Tesla Announces Model X’s Release Date, It Will Have An Audi Rival In Australia Soon

Brace yourself for an upcoming EV war.

Even before the final release date of Model X in Australia is announced, Audi has already expressed a possibility of creating a rival EV model for the brand-disruptor from the U.S.

Audi has released its hybrid plug-in Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, which is priced at 62,490 AUD, well below the new Luxury Tax threshold.

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Included in the purchase of each A3 is a home installation package to be carried out by a licensed electrician. It can run on 50km under battery power.

According to Motoring Australia, the German manufacturer is planning for more with the Q7 e-tron bound down under next.

Audi has an all-electric SUV planned for Australia, which will be called Q6 and is set to be released in Europe in 2018.

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Audi Australia’s general manager, Anna Burgdorf, said in the same report that once they see there is a great demand for an all-electric SUV, then they will definitely consider looking into it.

Audi is already testing the market with its plug-in hybrid models.

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“The important thing now is the launch of the e-trons. It’s happening as we speak; cars are starting to slowly arrive. And I think certainly we’ve seen electric cars coming into Australia, and hybrid vehicles for a number of years now. It’s not as new and unusual as it once would have been.

“We look forward to bringing Q7 e-tron here,” said Burgdorf.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article stated the word “Audio” instead of “Audi” in its headline. We apologize for the mistake.

About Nikki Aborque

International correspondent. She covers OFW news, tech disruption and breakthroughs.

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