Last night saw Audi South Africa launch it's electric arsenal to the country, in what is the biggest model launch of fully electric cars by any manufacturer in the world. The German giant launched 6 new cars at the glitzy event that took place at Cape Town's iconic Zeitz Mocaa Art Gallery in the Silo District, the event was attended by media, celebrities and VIP guests who not only got to witness these great machines entry but also get behind the wheel, getting to experience the future of motoring first hand. Audi's e-tron model line-up consists of the e-tron 55, all the way up to the range topping performance RS e-tron GT model.
With this impressive variety that gives the consumer a choice of different types of vehicles with pricing starting form R1,745,000. With Audi's commitments towards e-mobility, they've already become the market leader in producing luxury electric cars by offering the largest number of models to its consumers around the globe. This has already yielded positive results for the e-tron model range and the brand hopes the same will be for South Africa. In June last year, Audi announced that it would stop developing petrol and diesel combustion engines by the year 2026, with that bold statement, this is the first major step to achieving the goal. But a good point to note that while the e-tron range is carbon neutral, the facilities they're assembled is also environmentally friendly and carbon neutral too. With electricity being harvested by the sun, rain water used to service the plant, this is all part of Audi's global mission in transforming towards being sustainable mobility manufacturer, which only strengthens their commitments towards the Paris Climate Agreement.
Audi's e-tron range will be available locally from the second quarter of the year starting with the 55 First edition, which will be in limited numbers for a limited time, from dealers across the country. As with all Audi e-tron models, they are supported by a five year/ 100,000km Audi Feeway Maintenance Plan and an 8 year/160,000km battery warranty. Pricing of the vehicles are as follows:
- e-tron 55 First Edition - R1,745,000
- e-tron 55 advanced - R1,990,000
- e-tron 55 S Line - R2,045,000
- e-tron 55 S Line Sportback - R2,115,000
- e-tron S Sportback - R2,425,000
- e-tron GT - R2,715,000
- RS e-tron GT - R3,300,000