Audi has begun production of its Tesla-fighting e-tron electric SUV.
Audi has modernised its plant near Brussels, Belgium, for e-tron production, the automaker said in a statement on Tuesday.
Over the past two years, the body shop, paint shop and assembly line have been modified and the factory now has its own battery production.
Employees at the plant have received more than 200,000 hours of training to prepare for output of the EV, Audi said.
The e-tron will have a range of 500km (311 miles) and fast charging. Its drivetrain will have a maximum output of 496 hp. Its 4880mm length positions the SUV between the Q5 and Q7 and its roofline is lower than both those models.
The e-tron can be charged to 80 percent of its battery capacity in 30 minutes using a quick-charging station, Audi says.
The SUV will compete with models such as the Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model X and Mercedes EQC SUV.
Audi will unveil the e-tron in San Francisco on Sept. 17. It is already taking deposits for the car in key European markets, including the UK.
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