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Audi partners with Amazon for e-car charging

Written by Hannah McGrath
18/09/2018

Audi announced that it has struck a deal with Amazon to install home electric vehicle charging systems for its forthcoming e-tron models as it unveiled a new electric Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV).

The German card brand announced the partnership with Amazon- the first deal of its kind for the e-commerce giant- as it launched an e-tron midsize SUV in San Francisco yesterday.

The Audi e-tron is the latest in a string of electric vehicle models in the pipeline for parent company Volkswagen, which is mounting a challenge to market leading e-vehicle producer Tesla, run by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk.

Under the partnership, Amazon will sell and install charging systems to buyers of e-tron vehicles.

Amazon will deliver the hardware and use its Amazon Home Services operation to provide electricians to install the system, in a mark of its ambitions to produce home-based hardware and services beyond its Alexa smart speakers.

Audi’s e-vehicle launch comes after Volkswagen announced plans yesterday to build 10 million electric cars as it gears up for mass production by the end of 2022.

Audi of America president Scott Keogh told Reuters on Monday. “I want Audi to be the number-one electric vehicle seller in America over the long term.”