D he departing Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche said at his last balance sheet press conference that he would be “not unhappy” if he already had ten electric vehicles in his portfolio. Until that happens, it will probably be at least 2022. 'A year or not, I think we have all set the course at full speed,' said Zetsche. A year or not - that is also the motto for the Swabian’s first electric model, the EQC electric SUV. It should come on the market this year, but so late (in autumn) that it will probably not produce any more significant quantities this year: “We are sure that we will not be able to meet demand in 2019 and will probably also Not in 2020 ”, says Zetsche. “But we're doing everything we can to achieve maximum capacity.” Even so, the first e-Mercedes was virtually sold out before the market launch, just like the electric smart.
Far more than 20,000 pre-orders for Audi E-Tron
Audi, on the other hand, had spoken for a long time with the E-Tron of wanting to deliver the first cars in late 2018 - until it was announced shortly beforehand that the deliveries were delayed due to software problems. Since no consumption values were given before, it is reasonable to suspect that the software issue also had an influence on the homologation. Whatever: The consumption values have long been on the Audi website (combined power consumption in kWh /100 km *: 26.2 - 22.6 (WLTP); 24.6 - 23.7 (NEDC), and the first 3,000 cars are according to Audi Delivered from the Brussels plant to importers in the Netherlands and Norway at the end of 2018. In the rest of Europe, deliveries will begin in mid-March 2019, the USA will follow in the middle of the year, China in the second half of the year.
But here too If the demand exceeds the production figures by far: There are 'well more than 20,000 advance orders, 16,000 of them in Europe alone.' According to the company, the Ingolstadt-based company has planned a 'medium five-digit production capacity' for 2019, according to unconfirmed information. That would mean that the E-Tron for 2019 would already be sold out from June. The E-Tron Sportback, which is due to come onto the market in autumn 2019, will be released och on top. But in the last months of the year it will probably only come to a smaller four-digit number. He would then have it with Mercedes EQC together. Seen in this way, Audi is not quite as late as Daimler - after all, the E-Tron Sportback is already the second fully electric Audi. The E-tron GT and Q4 E-Tron are expected to hit the market in 2021. 2021 - you guessed it - surely only in small numbers.