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Audi just unveiled its challenge to the Tesla Model S

Key Points
  • Audi lays down its marker in the luxury electric Sedan market.
  • The e-tron GT is to be in full production by late 2020.
  • It will be the third mass produced electric car offering from the German auto firm.
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German auto manufacturer Audi has given car fans a preview of what its first production electric sedan could look like.

The e-tron GT, a concept car, was unveiled at the LA Auto Show in California on Wednesday; it continues Audi's fight to wrest electronic car sales from U.S. rival Tesla.

The car, set to arrive in showrooms in 2021, is to be powered by a 590-brake-horsepower motor and should reach 60 miles per hour in less than 3.5 seconds.

"One feature that not all the competition can match is the option of fully utilizing the [vehicle's] acceleration potential several times in succession," the company said in a statement.

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The top speed is regulated at 149 miles per hour (240 kilometers per hour) to maximize the range that Audi claimed for the concept car would be over 248 miles. A guide on range for the full production car was not offered.

Audi didn't announce a price for the production version either, but the car will be entering the arena of Tesla's Model S, which starts retailing at $78,000.

The 90-kilowatt hour lithium ion battery in the GT concept can be charged either by using a cable or by wireless induction.

The cable option employs Audi's 800-volt electrical architecture that will charge to 80 percent in 20 minutes. Audi said the car can also be recharged at public charging points with lower voltages.

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For wireless, the process is much slower. "Audi Wireless Charging" is a pad with coil installed permanently on the floor where the car is to be parked. A magnetic field is created between that and another coil in the car. Audi said its e-tron GT concept can reach full charge overnight.

Audi already has two electric cars in production for the mass market, the e-tron SUV, which hits the market next spring, and the e-tron Sportback, due to follow later in the year.

The e-tron SUV which will go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, will carry a base price of $74,800 and is able to reserve now. Audi says an 80 percent charge is possible in half an hour and the firm is working with Amazon to offer in-home charging.

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