Audi has unveiled the e-tron – its first pure-electric production car. Will see 12 new EVs arrive by 2025.
Having released details of the new SUV in a trickle for months, the details and design of the e-tron are no surprise. As such, the Audi is powered by two electric motors – one on each axle – producing a combined 265 kW (360 hp). There is a boost mode available to increase that to 300 kW temporarily though, good for a 0-62mph time of 5.5 seconds.
The 95 kWh battery will provide a range of 249 miles on a single charge according to the WLTP tests, which puts it on a par with the recently launched Mercedes Benz EQC and a little behind the Jaguar I-Pace, it’s two key rivals.
Charging is available at speeds of up to 150 kW for a top-up to 80% in half an hour, and the e-tron comes with an 11 kW on-board charger as standard, with the option of a 22 kW charger.
Audi has worked hard on the brake energy recuperation system, which is quoted as adding 30% to the car’s range under normal driving.
Prices for the UK aren’t confirmed yet, but the price in Germany will start at 79,900 euros. That’s a little over £71,000 currently, so grants are likely to bring a UK cost to between £65,000 and £70,000 as a starting price, with deliveries starting next year.