Audi is inching closer to the production of its upcoming Macan EV twin, an all-electric SUV due to hit showrooms in 2021.
The German automaker recently announced plans to upgrade its electric vehicle production facility in Neckarsulm, Germany, with a new assembly line dedicated to the Macan EV twin. The new assembly line will incorporate the latest automated manufacturing techniques and will be powered by renewable energy sources.
The Macan EV twin will be Audi’s second production electric vehicle to hit the market, following the Audi e-tron SUV released in 2019. It will be based on the same architecture as the e-tron but will feature some significant upgrades, including a more powerful battery and a longer driving range.
The Macan EV twin is expected to have a range of up to 300 miles on a single charge, significantly more than the e-tron’s range of just over 200 miles. It will also feature a more powerful electric motor, capable of producing up to 400 horsepower.
Audi is also planning to develop a charging infrastructure to support the Macan EV twin. It has announced plans to install more than 30,000 charging stations in Europe by 2021, with an additional 10,000 planned for the United States.
The Macan EV twin is set to be a major milestone for Audi, as it aims to become a leader in the electric vehicle market. With its upgraded battery and longer range, the Macan EV twin could be the first all-electric SUV to really challenge Tesla’s dominance in the segment.
Audi is expected to launch the Macan EV twin in 2021 and pricing has yet to be announced.