Audi discloses plans for electric SUV with 310-mile range to take on Tesla Model X

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German carmaker Audi says it's planning to unveil an electric sport SUV concept with a range of over 310 miles (500 kilometers) — well beyond the range of rival carmaker Tesla's Model S and soon-to-launch Model X.

Audi says in a statement Wednesday its as-yet unnamed electric SUV will begin production in 2018. It will unveil the vehicle at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show, which opens to the press Sept. 15.

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Tesla's highly anticipated new Model X SUV, the company's third vehicle, will begin shipping in a few weeks.

Audi, based in Ingolstadt, Germany, says its electric SUV will feature three electric motors powered by a large lithium-ion battery and will be its first large series electric car.