Audi has begun production of its Tesla-fighting e-tron electric SUV.
Audi has modernized 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 more than 400 km (249 miles) in the WLTP driving cycle 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.
Audi will unveil the e-tron in San Francisco on Sept. 17. It will have its public debut at the Paris auto show on Oct. 2.
Audi plans to sell 800,000 full-electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 2025.
In 2020, Audi will start sales of a compact electric car based on parent Volkswagen Group’s modular electrification platform (MEB). It will be built at VW's plant in Zwickau, Germany, alongside VW and Seat variants. Skoda will build its version in the Czech Republic..