The Audi e-tron is a very smart looking SUV and is to be the forerunner of an electric offensive by the company with no less than twelve models expected by 2025. The Audi e-tron is typical of the brand with the sort of quality and attention to detail buyers have come to expect from this prestige car builder. Fully electric power is derived from two electric motors that mobilise 225kW as the driving force. One motor is sited at the front developing 181bhp; the other is at the rear with 221bhp, both working in conjunction with each other. Utilising quattro all-wheel drive, the e-tron boasts a total of 402bhp with both motors combined, with torque at 487lb/ft in Boost mode. Acceleration is instant with no turbochargers to lag behind. The charging cable is standard Type 2.
Audi e-tron Charging Cable FAQs
What Charging Cable does an Audi e-Tron require?
The first all electric Audi car, requires a Type 2 to Type 2 charging cable. This will allow you to charge your Audi e-Tron at any charging station in the UK. The charging cable that will charge the e-tron at the fastest rate is the 32amp, 3 phase charger which will give your vehicle a full charge in a little over 8 hours.
How do you charge an e-tron?
Recharging is possible in a number of flexible ways: at home via a domestic socket or, for a reduced charging time, with a specially fitted wall box; or on the road, via high-power charging stations, in all cases using the supplied charging cables. Where available, the e-tron can be replenished at 150kW terminals that can recharge the battery to 80% within 30 minutes and 100% within 50 minutes. Owners may benefit from purchasing a Type 2 3-phase charging cable for faster turnaround.
This is an expensive car to buy. Is there a cheaper alternative from Audi?
Not yet, but there soon will be. Early 2020 will see the introduction of a lighter and less expensive variant – the e-tron 50. This has a smaller battery pack but which still allows the car to travel up to 186 miles before needing to be cable charged. This should still be enough for most users, day to day.
How much does it cost to charge?
Like all other electric vehicles, this is where the money-saving comes in. At home the average cost via the standard charging cable, empty to full, will be £12.64 which means the e-tron works out at around 5.74p per mile.