The first Audi e-tron production models roll off the assembly line

In a couple of weeks, we will see the official unveil of the Audi e-tron, the brand’s first ever full-electric production car. It’s going to be a big event in San Francisco and, thankfully, we’re going to be in attendance to bring you coverage. However, ahead of that reveal and thousands of miles away, the first Audi e-tron production models are rolling off the assembly line in Brussels, where they’re being built.

“The Audi e-tron is a genuine pioneer,” stated Peter Kössler, Member of the Board of Management for Production and Logistics at Audi AG. “It features innovative technologies such as virtual exterior mirrors and combines traditional Audi qualities in handling and dynamics with technical Vorsprung that goes far beyond the car. Our Brussels plant was comprehensively modernized for the production of the electric car. This is the world’s first certified CO2-neutral mass production in the premium segment.”

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While the factory does actually emit CO2, it offsets all emissions produced by using energy from renewable resources and through environmental projects.

“Audi built up numerous competencies in-house for the Audi e-tron and developed both the battery technology and the actual drive system itself. And employees rethought, planned and implemented many stages of production,” said Patrick Danau, Managing Director of Audi Brussels

The Audi e-tron will be capable of about 245 miles of pure electric range, while making 355 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. It’s also said that it will be capable of 150 kW quick-charging, which should be able to charge up most of the battery in just 30 minutes. That allows you to stop, get some lunch and get back on your way again.

We can’t wait to see the e-tron in person in San Francisco on September 17. Even more than that, we can’t wait to drive it.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.