Luxury-vehicle automaker Audi began production of its first all-electric utility vehicle Sept. 10, promising the EV would deliver enough range to make it “suitable for everyday use.” And with a quick-charge capacity, it’s “ready for the next long-distance stage in about 30 minutes.” Peter Kössler, board member in charge of production, called the E-Tron “a genuine pioneer” as the first models rolled silently off the production line in Brussels, Belgium. “It features new technologies including virtual exterior mirrors and combines traditional Audi qualities in handling and dynamics.” The Brussels plant was comprehensively modernized to make way for electric cars, Kössler said, and is the world’s first certified carbon-dioxide-neutral mass-production plant in the premium segment.

Peter Kössler, Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics at AUDI AG and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Audi Brussels (on the right), peers the first Audi e-tron models from series production. He is accompanied by Patrick Danau, Managing Director of Audi Brussels.

The first Audi E-tron utility vehicle rolled off the Belgium assembly line on Sept. 10. Patrick Danau, left is the managing director of Audi Brussels, and Peter Kössler is Audi board of management member for production. PHOTO: AUDI

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