BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- Audi will start production of the Q6 e-tron electric SUV at its Brussels plant starting in 2018, Belgian daily De Morgen reported today.
The Q6 will be based on Audi’s e-tron quattro concept unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show last month.
The Q6 is Audi's first electric model designed for series production and it will compete against the newly launched Tesla Model X.
Audi hopes the production model’s long range of more than 500km (310 miles) will win over customers previously put off by the relatively short distances EVs can travel before they need to be recharged.
Audi's Brussel's factory currently builds the Audi A1, the brand's smallest model, according to Automotive News Europe’s European plant map. The plant employs about 2,500 workers. In 2014 it produced about 115,000 vehicles.
Audi declined to comment on the report