Audi e-tron

Audi is surely and steadily moving towards launching its first electric vehicle. The German car maker recently showcased the e-tron SUV which will be first of twelve new all-electric car models to be launched by 2025. While there have been concept cars with the same name before, this new e-tron is an actual production car.

Audi e-tron

Audi has decided to go with the standard car template with the new e-tron, which may or may not work in its favour. The fact that it has the traditional SUV shape and musculature will appeal to many. But then the fact that it’s packed with the best of new generation tech may be lost on some. Anyhow, what one can’t deny is that it looks every bit an Audi.

Audi e-tron

The traditional Audi grille gets a new futuristic interpretation with closed vents because there’s nothing to cool under the bonnet. It has been painted grey to differentiate it as an electric vehicle. It looks typically Audi and the company promises it to be useable everyday car. It’s slightly longer than the Q5 which makes the e-tron a proper mid-sized SUV.

Audi e-tron

Although no official figures have been provided, the e-tron is expected to have a range of up to 250 miles on a single charge. The e-tron is claimed to do a 0-60 mph sprint in about 5.5 seconds. With two electric motors managing the torque at the front and rear axle, the e-tron retains the Quattro four wheel drive like other cars in the stable. All this performance however is possible thanks to the 95 kWh liquid-cooled battery placed under the floor.

Audi e-tron

Mobility without boundaries

The battery can be fully charged from a regulation electrical socket at home in about 9 hours. Fast charging is also available with charging speeds of 150 kW from high speed public charging network which can give you 80% charge in 30 mins. That translates to about 160 miles range from half hour worth of charging.

Then there’s another trick up Audi’s sleeve. The car recovers energy via the electric motors during 90 percent of all decelerations and the system is assisted by the electrohydraulic brake control system.

Audi e-tron

Audi e-tron

Another first for the e-tron are the optional virtual exterior mirrors – their small size reduces aerodynamic drag and help take digitalization in the e-tron to a new level. They are a set of cameras that project the road image on screens on the door next to the door handles. The system works in different modes and is optimized for highway driving, turning and parking.

Of course the e-tron also comes with a host of other top flight tech specs. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit is standard fitment and includes high resolution screens in the centre console. The entire car can be controlled from there including navigation, air conditioning and multimedia.

The car is priced starting from $74,800 for the Premium Plus variant to $81,000 for the Prestige trim. But if you want something special, you can get the Edition One for $86,700 of which only 999 units will be made.

Audi e-tron

Audi e-tron

Audi e-tron

2019 is when you can get your hands on the new e-tron.