Audi AG will unveil a new concept car, the e-tron quattro, a fully electric
sport utility vehicle, at the Frankfurt car show next month, the German
automaker said this week.

The model, sized in between the Audi Q5 and Q7 four-door SUVs, will be able
to travel 310 miles per charge, the company said, farther than Tesla Motors
Inc.'s standard-level Model S sedan, which has a 270-mile range.

The e-tron quattro, the company's first mainstream electric vehicle, will
go into production in 2018.

The company announced the car through what appeared to be a subtle jab at
earlier plug-in electric vehicles, derided at times for their sluggishness
and limited torque.

"Electric driving at Audi is a pleasure, not a compromise," said Audi, a
subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, which recently surpassed Toyota Motor Corp. in
total global sales for the first half of the year. "Moveable aerodynamic
elements at the front, on the sides and at the rear improve the air flow
around the car," the company said.

The e-tron will likely challenge Tesla's Model X -- a medium-sized SUV with
gull-wing doors -- market analysts said. First deliveries for the Model X
are slated for September (*ClimateWire*
<>, Aug. 6).

The Audi electric will run on three electric motors and a lithium-ion
battery and sets a new record in the SUV segment with low drag. "This
contributes considerably to the long range of more than 500 kilometers,"
according to a company statement.

Another luxury automaker announced this week that it will enter the premium
plug-in space: Andy Palmer, chief executive of Aston Martin, told *Automotive
News* on Tuesday that his company will bring an 800-horsepower, completely
electric version of the Rapide, a sleek sedan, to market in 2017.

Aston Martin will sell an electric DBX crossover model, still a concept
car, by the end of the decade, Palmer said.

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