Audi’s first all-electric SUV, the e-tron, revealed

Gladys Abbott
September 20, 2018

Audi's new e-tron sport-utility is the first of several battery-electrics the brand plans to unleash in the U.S. Audi has released the power specification of this electric SUV as of yet.

Additional design features include an e-tron logo on the charge flap and optional orange brake calipers.

The e-tron's 95-kWh battery pack is thermally controlled for optimum efficiency and comprises 36 cell modules, each about the size of a shoebox. They stated the vehicle should gain a range under less rigorous European testing standards of approximately 250 miles or 400 km. "The Audi e-tron represents another big step toward our electric vehicle future", Brauer said. Also standard is 9.6-kilowatt charging capability for a 240-volt home charger; Audi did not estimate a charge time other than to say "overnight".

From navigation with the e-tron route planner, which displays the appropriate route with the required charging points, automated billing at the charging station and all the way to remote control via smartphone - the Audi e-tron is extremely well connected.

Inside, the e-tron quattro is rather conventional, featuring a cabin that wouldn't look out of place in any of Audi's latest flagship models - think A6, A7 and A8.

Speaking of charge, the battery system in the e-tron can be charged to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes using a fast-charging system.

The range is on par with the e-tron's closest competitor, the Tesla Model X, which promises as many as 295 miles of range with a full battery.

The Audi e-tron will come to the UK in early 2020 for around £70K
The Audi e-tron will come to the UK in early 2020 for around £70K

Technical "stuffing" - is about the same as our competitors, an electric crossover, Mercedes-Benz or Jaguar EQC I-Pace.

Audi claims the near-silent drivetrain and well-insulated cabin make for "an nearly flawless sense of calm", with markets like North America and Asia getting a loudspeaker in the front right-hand wheel arch to play sound created to warn other roads users the vehicle is approaching.

Audi is ready to take on the industry leader, Tesla, with the all-new e-tron. Together, the motors will be able to launch the electric SUV from 0 to 60 in about 5.5 seconds.

In Europe, the E-Tron won't have traditional side mirrors. Almost all of its functions are controlled via two interior touchscreens.

The SUV employs a pair of cooled asynchronous motors attached to single-stage transmissions to deliver torque to the e-tron's axles. A mid-range, "Prestige" model jumps to $81,800. The first deliveries are expected to land in the second quarter of 2019.

In the name of efficiency, the e-tron will operate in two-wheel drive under most driving conditions.

And Audi, unlike Tesla, has the benefit of a deeply experienced, well-funded global manufacturing infrastructure.

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