Undoubtedly, the Audi E-Tron is one of the most highly anticipated models out there. And guess what? It was only days ago that the electric SUV had been spotted testing out its zero emissions powertrain on the Green Hell. And we have the spy shots to prove this. But even as the hype is getting high on its arrival, the buzz now is on how Audi presented the official range figures for the new SUV.
Audi brought its E-Tron prototype to the Siemens AG facility in Berlin, Germany. Here, the company decided to shock the E-Tron (literally) with a Faraday cage with a high voltage lightning bolt, and guess what happened to the vehicle? It only got minor burn marks on the roof.
During this shocking presentation by Audi, the new E-Tron’s range was announced. That being said, Audi said that the SUV will have a range of 400 kilometers (248.5 miles) in the European WLTP driving cycle. Take note that they have not released figures for the US just yet. We’re all eagerly looking forward to that information.
Furthermore, Audi also boasts that in only 30 minutes, the new E-Tron’s 95 kilowatt-hour battery pack can be fully recharged, with the use of a high powered charging station. This was made possible by the thermal management system for the lithium ion battery that can be found in the vehicle floor.
What makes it even more brilliant is that the electric SUV can also be charged while on the move with alternating AC chargers, with up to 11 kW standard and optionally with 22 kW. Audi plans to set up as many as 400 charging locations, with intervals of 120 kilometers (74.6 miles) along highways as well as main transport roads in Europe by 2020. Another glowing benefit is that customers can make use of over 65,000 public charging stations all over Europe.
If earlier reports are valid, the E-Tron will be able to produce a total of 435 horsepower (320 kilowatts), or 503 horsepower (379 kilowatts) if it comes with the boost. However, we would prefer to hear it directly from Audi before getting all excited about it.
But as of now, the only figures they have released are of the E-Tron’s range. What we also know is that the 2019 Audi E-Tron will be out in the market before the year ends, and will cost around $100,000 each. Who amongst you have plans of copping one?