Audi's first all-electric model, the e-tron, makes its debut – in pictures

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its first all-electric SUV, the EQC, earlier this month, and its German compatriot Audi has now entered the battery-powered race by taking the wraps off its long-mooted e-tron.

The first fully electric production model from Audi, the e-tron – a sporty full-size SUV – was revealed earlier today (UAE time) in San Francisco.

Much like the EQC, it is powered by two electric motors, and as per Audi's quattro modus operandi, the e-tron has all-wheel drive.

The battery recovers energy from regenerative braking – or, as the company puts it, "during far more than 90 per cent of all decelerations" – with a range of 400 kilometres.

Audi also claims a world first in its virtual exterior mirrors, which are available as an option on the e-tron and reduce aerodynamic drag.

The first deliveries in Europe are expected later this year, with a starting price of €79,900 (Dh343,187). The e-tron will hit the Middle East in autumn next year, with regional prices to be announced.


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Explainer: Tanween Design Programme

Non-profit arts studio Tashkeel launched this annual initiative with the intention of supporting budding designers in the UAE. This year, three talents were chosen from hundreds of applicants to be a part of the sixth creative development programme. These are architect Abdulla Al Mulla, interior designer Lana El Samman and graphic designer Yara Habib.

The trio have been guided by experts from the industry over the course of nine months, as they developed their own products that merge their unique styles with traditional elements of Emirati design. This includes laboratory sessions, experimental and collaborative practice, investigation of new business models and evaluation.

It is led by British contemporary design project specialist Helen Voce and mentor Kevin Badni, and offers participants access to experts from across the world, including the likes of UK designer Gareth Neal and multidisciplinary designer and entrepreneur, Sheikh Salem Al Qassimi.

The final pieces are being revealed in a worldwide limited-edition release on the first day of Downtown Designs at Dubai Design Week 2019. Tashkeel will be at stand E31 at the exhibition.

Lisa Ball-Lechgar, deputy director of Tashkeel, said: “The diversity and calibre of the applicants this year … is reflective of the dynamic change that the UAE art and design industry is witnessing, with young creators resolute in making their bold design ideas a reality.”


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