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Audi E-Tron already has over 20,000 reservations worldwide

It's a promising start for the new electric vehicle.

2019 Audi E-Tron

More than 20,000 people worldwide have already reserved the new electric car.

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We can tell there's plenty of pent-up demand for the forthcoming Audi E-Tron because the automaker said Wednesday it had "more than" 20,000 reservations for the electric SUV worldwide. Audi opened up E-Tron reservations in September 2018, and the first deliveries to European customers will start in March.

Customer anticipation for the E-Tron appears to have grown steadily, as back in late September 2018 we heard that Audi had 10,000 reservations for the new model. Production of the E-Tron began around that time at Audi's carbon-neutral factory in Brussels.

The 2019 Audi E-Tron will have two electric motors giving a combined output of 402 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque. Its lithium-ion battery pack is rated for 95 kilowatt-hours of energy storage, though we still don't have an exact range figure for the new EV. It'll cost $74,800 before options and, interestingly, won't be stocked at US dealers. Instead, prospective buyers will need to special-order the car.

Audi's news comes on the heels of reports that the Mercedes-Benz EQC, a rival all-electric SUV, is already sold out for its first year of production.

The 2019 E-Tron is just the beginning of Audi's electric ambitions. By 2025, the automaker intends to offer 12 all-electric cars. The E-Tron Sportback starts production in Brussels by the end of 2019, and the E-Tron GT will enter production in 2020 at the company's Bollinger Hofe facility in Germany.

2019 Audi E-Tron basking in the desert sun

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While studying traditional news journalism in college, Jake realized he was smitten by all things automotive and wound up with an internship at Car and Driver. That led to a career writing news, review and feature stories about all things automotive at Automobile Magazine, most recently at Motor1. When he's not driving, fixing or talking about cars, he's most often found on a bicycle.
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While studying traditional news journalism in college, Jake realized he was smitten by all things automotive and wound up with an internship at Car and Driver. That led to a career writing news, review and feature stories about all things automotive at Automobile Magazine, most recently at Motor1. When he's not driving, fixing or talking about cars, he's most often found on a bicycle.

Updated Feb. 15, 2019 9:34 a.m. PT

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While studying traditional news journalism in college, Jake realized he was smitten by all things automotive and wound up with an internship at Car and Driver. That led to a career writing news, review and feature stories about all things automotive at Automobile Magazine, most recently at Motor1. When he's not driving, fixing or talking about cars, he's most often found on a bicycle.
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