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Electric buggies, er, charge in at the tip of Africa

Audi’s e-tron brand officially launched in South Africa during a ‘Night of Progress’ in Cape Town attended by media and celebrities for a look-see and drives in an Audi RS e-tron GT.

Audi claims to be the first premium auto brand to launch a pure electric vehicle range in SA and an e-tron 55 First Edition model will be available in the second half of 2022, priced from R1 745 000.

N0, NOT A V8 MONSTER: This is one of the electric cars on show at the special evening event in Cape Town, South Africa. Image: Supplied

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Zeitz MOCAA, in the shadow of mighty Table Mountain and within South Africa’s largest museum of contemporary African art, Audi has celebrated the arrival of its fully-electric e-tron range of personal transport.

Several models are included: e-tron 55 SUV, e-tron 55 Sportback and S Sportback , and high-performance models e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT.

NO, NOT A COFFEE SHOP: This was the Cape Town venue for the launch of Audi’s e-tron
Image: Supplied

Audi’s Night of Progress hosted 170 automotive faces, news media, celebrities, VIPs, and friends of the brand – Carman’s Corner and its editor must have missed the call… we can be hurt just like ordinary people.

HERE’S THE BEST-SELLERS

Whatever, had I been there, I would have heard the (relatively) new boss of Audi SA, Sascha Sauer, tell the crowd and the six battery buggies on show, that the brand has has the most the most pure-electric choices and to have, through 2021, increased sales by 58% year-on-year.

Audi has sold more than 52 000 batteries-on-wheels units globally – two-thirds of total Audi electric vehicle sales – the best-sellers being the e-tron and e-tron Sportback range.

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“From 2022,’’ Sauer told the party: ‘’Audi SA is committed to growing its e-tron range with a new model a year. We’ve also partnered with GridCars to build SA’s largest and fastest public vehicle-charging network in the country.’’

YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE FUTURE OF MOTORING: Audi SA is partnering in the development of an electric-car industry in South Aarica. Image: Supplied

CLICK HERE for an extensive range of image from the Audi e-tron range worldwide.

So, to more about the battery buggies and their launch…:

Audi e-tron 55 First Edition units, The Corner was informed, will be available in SA in limited numbers from June 2022 through 10 e-tron outlets nationwide priced from (take a deep breath, dear reader!) for R1 745 000, backed by a five-year or 100 000km (whichever comes first) Audi Freeway maintenance plan. The propulsion battery will carry an eight-year or 160 000km (wcf) warranty.

e-tronic PICNIC: Some of the show cars were huddlilng in the shadow of Table Mountain. Image: Supplied

…AND HERE FOR IMAGES OF E-TRON SUVs

The full range of Audi e-tron models retailing in SA from now consists of three e-tron 55 derivatives, e-tron 55 Sportback, e-tron S Sportback, and halo models – e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT.

…AND SO TO THE PRICES

Audi e-tron 55 First edition R1 745 000
Audi e-tron 55 advanced R1 990 000
Audi e-tron 55 S line R2 045 000
Audi e-tron 55 Sportback S line R2 115 000
Audi e-tron S Sportback R2 425 000
Audi e-tron GT R2 715 000
Audi RS e-tron GT R3 300 000

WELCOME TO THE SHOW: Don’t be fuelled – these beautiful machines are powered by electric motors. Want one? – you’ll need seriously big bucks… Image: Supplied

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