Audi e-tron (2018)

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Audi e-tron
Audi e-tron, Paris Motor Show 2018, IMG 0442.jpg
e-tron at Paris Motor Show 2018
Overview
ManufacturerAudi
Also calledAudi e-tron Quattro
Production2018–present
AssemblyBelgium: Forest
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size luxury crossover SUV
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutDual-motor, four-wheel drive
PlatformMLB[1]
Powertrain
TransmissionSingle speed with fixed ratio
Battery95 kWh lithium ion (84 kWh usable)
Range417 km (259 mi) (WLTP-rated) 204 mi (328 km) (EPA-rated)
Plug-in charging
  • 11/22 (optional) kW AC
  • 150 kW DC
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,928 mm (115.3 in)
Length4,901 mm (193.0 in)
Width1,935 mm (76.2 in)
Height1,616 mm (63.6 in)
Kerb weight~2,560 kg (5,643.8 lb)

The Audi e-tron is a fully-electric mid-size luxury[2] crossover SUV produced by Audi, which was unveiled as a concept car at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is the company's first electric mass production car that will being delivered at the end of 2019. A Sportback variant is scheduled for production in early 2020. It has an EPA range of 204 miles.

Launch[edit]

The Audi e-tron is based on the e-tron quattro concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.[3] The final production version was revealed in San Francisco on 17 September 2018,[4] and it publicly debuted at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.[5]

Scheduled for deliveries in Europe by December 2018, it got delayed to the end of 2019;[6] the car's certification in Germany by the KBA (Federal Motor Transport Authority) was not obtained until required changes were made to the car's software.[7][8][9] US market deliveries are due to commence in July maybe.[10]

Specifications[edit]

e-tron 55 Quattro

The Audi e-tron is powered by a 95 kWh battery pack that will be able to get an 80% charge in around 30 minutes when using 150 kW DC fast-chargers. For at-home charging, there is a standard 11 kW charger which charges it in 8.5 hours, while an optional 22 kW charger halves this time.[11]

The quattro electric all-wheel drive uses two electric motors, one mounted to the front and one at the rear. Together these motors have a total system output of 300 kW (408 PS; 402 hp) and 664 N⋅m (490 lb⋅ft) of torque, which enables the car to sprint from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph).[12]

The car uses an energy recuperation system which, on average, contributes 30% to the range. Recuperation can be achieved both when the driver releases the accelerator and when applying pressure to the brake.[11]

When the car is equipped with the virtual side mirrors the car has a drag coefficient of 0.27.[12] The e-tron also sits slightly lower than a traditional SUV; at 1,616 mm (63.6 in) high, it is 43 mm (1.7 in) lower than the Audi Q5. It has 660 litres (23 cu ft) of boot space, 160 l (5.7 cu ft) more than the Mercedes-Benz EQC, along with 60 litres (2.1 cu ft) of storage space in the front.[11]

Equipment[edit]

Standard equipment for the e-tron includes 12-way heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic moonroof, and 20-inch wheels. Upgrades include massage seats, power door closers, leather upholstery, 21-inch wheels and orange brake calipers. The interior is in line with other Audi models with a 10.1-inch infotainment screen, a smaller 8.6-inch touchscreen display, Amazon Alexa voice control, Virtual Cockpit system, and an optional head up display. Other equipments include a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and an available Driver Assistance package with enhanced adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist and night vision.[13] The e-tron is the first production car to offer optional virtual side mirrors, which replaces the traditional side-view mirrors and instead use cameras transmitting images to a high-contrast 7-inch OLED embedded in the door panels.[11]

e-tron Sportback preview at Geneva International Motor Show 2019

Models[edit]

Model Years Power Torque 0-100 km/h Top speed Range
e-tron 55
Quattro
2018– 300 kW
(402 hp)
664 N⋅m
(490 lb⋅ft)
5.7 s 200 km/h
(124 mph)
EPA: 204 mi (328 km)

WLTP: 417 km (259 mi)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Audi E-tron one of twelve electric Audis to launch by 2025 - Autocar". Autocar.co.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  2. ^ "2019 Audi e-tron arrives next month: Fully electric SUV built for everyday use is designed for customers to go electric today" (Press release). Audi Newsroom. 2019-04-04. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  3. ^ "Audi Q6 e-tron quattro confirmed for production - Autocar". Autocar.co.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Audi just unveiled an electric SUV that will rival Tesla — take a closer look". nordic.businessinsider.com. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  5. ^ "New Audi E-tron prototype reviews: an SUV with off-road ability | The Week UK". Theweek.co.uk. 2018-10-12. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  6. ^ Eric C., Evarts (29 March 2019). "Audi étron delays". Green Car Reports.
  7. ^ https://www.electrive.com/2018/12/17/audi-confirms-e-tron-electric-car-delayed-until-2019
  8. ^ https://seekingalpha.com/article/4230587-first-7-audis-12-electric-cars
  9. ^ https://insideevs.com/audi-e-tron-electric-suv-reservations-soar-to-20000/
  10. ^ https://www.just-auto.com/analysis/audi-future-models-suvs-and-e-tron-evs_id186626.aspx
  11. ^ a b c d "Audi E-tron: brand's first full electric model to cost £70,805 - Autocar". Autocar.co.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  12. ^ a b Smith, Luke John (18 September 2018). "Audi e-Tron REVEALED - New electric car range, specs and price released". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Say hello to the 2019 Audi E-Tron all-electric SUV". Nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2018-10-21.