The Audi e-tron was expected to be launched in India in 2020 but then the current COVID-19 crisis and the dwindled economy had cast doubts. But Audi has confirmed that the electric SUV will be launched in India.
Talking to ETAuto in a video chat via Youtube.com, Audi India Head Balbir Singh Dhillon has confirmed the launch of the e-tron (without specifying the month).
Last year, we showcased the Audi e-tron to touch base with our existing customers to see whether they will be interested in the car and to get their feedback on the car. This is definitely on the cards and the time is not yet frozen but e-tron is going to come to India. I can only tell you that not just e-tron, our group is investing heavily into electric cars and you will see internationally there are lot of announcements being made that by this year we will have many electric cars. And all these options are also available for India. The government has been kind enough to allow the 2,500 cars in the import category without homologation. Eventually if the volumes are good enough, we can start producing them locally. This is the strategy that we will use to bring more cars to the country and experiment with these cars. I’m sure these will be successful.
I think across the world, electric cars are going to be a reality. It’s only a matter of time before a country quickly adapts to these cars but I’m sure India will also have a fair share as we move on.Balbir Singh Dhillon, Head of Audi India
There were also doubts on whether Audi will be delaying the launch in wake of the hike in customs duties for importing EVs in the 2020-21 Budget. In the last budget, there’s been a hike in import duties for EVs across the table. While CBU imports will attract a 40 per cent hike (up from 25 per cent), semi knocked down and completely knocked down units will get 30 per cent and 15 per cent charged, up from 15 per cent and 10 per cent respectively.
The e-tron gets a 95 kWh battery that is mounted beneath the passenger compartment. The car is driven by two electric motors – one per axle – that produce a combined output of up to 300kW, helping the e-tron to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7-second, on to a top speed of 200 km/h. The e-tron has a range of 390 km and with a 150 kW DC fast charger, can be charged up to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes.
The e-tron gets 20-inch alloy wheels, matrix LED headlamps, adaptive cruise assist, camera-based traffic sign recognition and a 360-degree camera with the Launch Edition. The Launch Edition also includes a black styling pack for the Singleframe grille surround and window cappings and privacy glass extending from the B-pillar rearwards, premium-grade Valcona hide, a panoramic glass sunroof, electric steering wheel adjustment and a comfort remote preconditioning system.