From navigation with the e-tron route planner, which displays the appropriate route with the required charging points, automated billing at the charging station and all the way to remote control via smartphone - the Audi e-tron is extremely well connected.
"I want Audi to be the leading electric vehicle seller in America over the long term", Audi of America President Scott Keogh informed Reuters.
This is the all-new Audi e-tron. Nonetheless, E-Tron SUV is German marque's first mass-produced EV and will rival its compatriot Mercedes-Benz EQC and Tesla Model X.
Audi officials said they do not have official range estimates for the e-tron SUV under US testing procedures.
Audi has said the e-tron will have a range of just under 250 miles (400 km), based on the WLTP cycle used in Europe.
The e-tron includes many aerodynamic features, including special 20-inch wheels and underbody panels, but one we won't see soon in the USA are the slim side cameras in place of conventional mirrors. The e-commerce brand will also deliver the hardware and hire electricians to install them through its Amazon Home Services operation.
Despite its electric drivetrain, in many other respects the e-tron is a conventional, mainstream luxury SUV. In US, Audi E-Tron will be available in three variants.
Audi will present the first member of another e-platform by the end of 2018: The Audi e-tron GT concept showcar, a highly dynamic coupe with a flat floor assembly, is debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Also standard is 9.6-kilowatt charging capability for a 240-volt home charger; Audi did not estimate a charge time other than to say "overnight".
Audi has integrated the Amazon voice service into the MMI (MultiMedia Interface) system of the Audi e-tron. The company is partnering with Electrify America on building out a charging network across popular retail sites.
"In the future, virtually every market segment will include models powered by a combination of electric motors and a combustion engine, and that can be charged at an electric outlet", says Board Member for Technical Development Mertens.
In the name of efficiency, the e-tron will operate in two-wheel drive under most driving conditions. It offers seating for five, and its length and wheelbase position it in the center of the market for midsize, five-passenger luxury SUVs such as the BMW X5. The Model X uses vertically opening "falcon wing" doors.