Ingolstadt-based automaker Audi AG has just confirmed that the Audi e-tron Sportback will be produced at their factory in Brussels. The move means that the e-tron Sportback will become the company's second electric vehicle in production, and the second one to be made in Belgium as well.
““With the decision on the Audi e-tron Sportback, we are showing that Audi takes the issue of electric mobility seriously,” said Prof. D. Hubert Waltl, Member of the Board of Management for Production and Logistics at Audi AG. “A second battery-electric model will lead to optimal capacity utilization at our plant in Brussels.”
The upcoming EV will be based on the concept car that Audi released at Auto Shanghai earlier this year known as the Audi e-tron Sportback concept; essentially a shooting brake.
The five-door, grand touring concept features a fully electric drive system with 320 kilowatts of power. The output can be boosted further to 370 kilowatts, and can accelerate the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds. Audi says the e-tron Sportback concept can achieve a range of 500 kilometers.
Audi says the production model that will be based on the e-tron Sportback concept will roll off the Belgian assembly line in 2018.