The journalists Autocar learned that the head of Audi Rupert Stadler company gave the green light for the development of electric sedan, which will be a direct competitor to the Tesla Model S. According to rumors, this electric car will be called A9 e-tron. Originally we planned to use in the Audi A9 index competitor model Bentley Continental GT and the Mercedes-Benz S Class Coupe, but then the Germans changed their minds and have reserved the name for the future electric car, which in the model range will be located next to the A8 sedan. Render Audi A9 e-tron Audi A9 e-tron will be built on a new platform, which is now developed the first electric crossover brand Q6 e-tron. Release the last scheduled for 2018. The electric sedan will be equipped by three electric motors, two of which will be responsible for the rotation of the rear wheels, and the third – for the front. Electric motors will receive power from the battery pack with a liquid-cooled, located under the floor in the rear. Battery capacity will amount to 95 kWh and can be recharged them as the inductive method, and from the mains. It is expected that when fully charged, the sedan will be able to pass up to 500 km. Interestingly, the Audi A9 e-throne will be the first model of the brand, which will be equipped with an autonomous system of the fourth level of control. Note that the next Audi A8 D5 receive a third-level autopilot, which is able to completely control the machine at speeds up to 60 km/h. The timing of the electric sedan is not yet known.
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