The Audi e-tron has been launched, the model’s first all-electric collection manufacturing mannequin, and it will likely be out there within the UK from early 2019 from £70,805.
The Audi e-tron is a full-size SUV with entrance and rear electrical motors powered by a big high-voltage battery – together these facilitate sub-six-second acceleration potential and a driving vary of at the least 248 miles within the WLTP driving cycle, in addition to an electrical all-wheel drive system.
The Audi e-tron has a system output of as much as 300 kW and 664 Nm of torque, delivering a Zero-62mph time of 5.7 seconds with an electronically-limited 124mph high velocity.
The quattro electrical all-wheel drive constantly and absolutely variably regulates the distribution of drive between the 2 axles – though normally the e-tron primarily makes use of its rear electrical motor.
With Audi drive choose, the motive force can differ the traits of the Audi e-tron between seven profiles relying on the driving state of affairs, highway situations or private preferences. The system additionally influences the usual air suspension with adaptive dampers. The pneumatic springs modify individually to the highway situations relying on the velocity and the motive force’s preferences, various the journey peak by as a lot as 76 millimetres.
The Audi e-tron can cowl greater than 248 miles on a single cost within the WLTP check cycle. A recuperation system is accountable for as much as 30 per cent of the vary, utilizing a brand new electrohydraulic actuation idea; Audi is the primary producer worldwide to make use of this idea in a collection manufacturing car with electrical drive.
When braking from 62mph, for instance, the Audi e-tron can recuperate electrical energy with a most of 300 Nm and 220 kW. That corresponds to greater than 70 % of its working vitality enter. No different collection manufacturing mannequin can obtain such a price.
Relying on the driving state of affairs, the electrohydraulically built-in brake management system decides whether or not the SUV will use the electrical motor, the wheel brake or a mixture of the 2 appearing on every axle individually for recuperation.
The Audi e-tron additionally has optionally available digital exterior mirrors – a world first in a collection manufacturing mannequin. Built-in into every of the mirror helps is a small digicam transmitting photos to high-contrast OLED shows contained in the car. And there’s a completely lined underbody with an aluminium plate to guard the high-voltage battery and to enhance aerodynamics.
When geared up with the digital exterior mirrors, the Audi e-tron achieves a Cd worth of Zero.27, which is a number one end result within the SUV section. With a typical use profile, that drag coefficient supplies for a spread benefit of roughly 25 miles per battery cost versus a comparable, conventionally powered car.
The big high-voltage battery within the Audi e-tron can retailer as much as 95 kWh of vitality. On lengthy journeys prospects can use quick charging stations to cost with direct present (DC) at as much as 150 kW – needing only a half hour cost – a primary for a series-production automobile.
The e-tron will also be recharged with alternating present (AC) at as much as 11 kW; recharging with 22 kW is on the market as an choice.
A proprietary Audi charging service supplies e-tron prospects with easy accessibility to roughly 80 % of the general public charging stations in Europe. Whether or not it’s AC or DC, 11 kW or 150 kW – a single card is all prospects want to begin the method. The process will change into much more handy with the perform Plug & Cost, which is able to comply with in 2019: the automobile self-authorises on the charging station and prompts it.
Audi gives varied options for charging at dwelling. The usual cellular charging system can be utilized with both a 230 volt family outlet or a 400 volt three-phase outlet. The optionally available “join” charging system doubles the charging energy to as a lot as 22 kW. Mixed with a house vitality administration system, it gives clever capabilities equivalent to charging when electrical energy is inexpensive or with photo voltaic electrical energy if the house is provided with a photovoltaic system. Audi prospects can management all charging processes in addition to pre-heating/pre-cooling by way of their smartphone with the myAudi app.
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