We reported earlier that Audi was to step into the future with Audi E-Tron EV as debut. Well, the Audi E-Tron EV SUV has finally been unboxed in its production form for the world to see. As we have already discussed, it marks itself as the German makers first model in a fleet of all electric vehicles that is set to launch in the coming years.
The Audi E-Tron EV dimensions are fair and square into SUV territory. It measures 4900mm in length, 1930mm in width, and is 1666mm high. Factoring all the power figures, Audi has managed to provide the EV crossover with 400 km range in between charges (claimed by reports). The heart of the matter for the Audi E-Tron EV are the two asynchronous motors and a 95 kWh battery pack. The structure is essentially similar to the current crop of Premium EV’s. However, Audi hasn’t released horsepower and torque figures but we expect the two electric motors will produce a combined output of 355bhp via 265kw battery and an instant splurge torque of 561Nm.
But what Zei Germans have shared are the acceleration figures of the Audi E-Tron EV. The all electric SUV accelerates from 0-100kmph in 5.5 seconds and has a limited top speed of 200kmph. Where Audi has excelled in is the use of smart(er) use of electronics. The Audi E-Tron EV takes a step further by integrating the technology that combines three different recuperation modes to recharge the battery pack. It is done as often as possible for the car to gain an extra kilometre when it runs downhill for each kilometre it took to go up it. This provides an extended overall range by as much as 30 percent. This should provide the Audi E-Tron EV good real world range, as long as real world happens to be something likes the Pikes Peak.
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Audi E-Tron EV is officially the first Audi product to have integrated the car with Virtual Mirror feature. It was closely beaten by Lexus ES as we reported earlier. This system consists of small cameras in place of the traditional mirrors which send live images to small displays in the vehicle’s door panels. The E-Tron is also expected to launch its toll transponder built facility integrated inside the rear view mirror which will enable the model to automatically pay tolls on selected roads. This tech will be the first ever of its kind coming to production vehicles.
However, the it’s unsure if this technology will be integrated in the global segment as for now the operatives roads are restricted to certain places in Canada and the United States. The company says the system will eliminate clutter on the windshield and promises to make using toll transaction a breeze which will be managed through the MMI infotainment system. Good luck with that Audi, when it comes to the tolls in India.
Depending on road speed and how the vehicle is being driven the company will offer seven different driving modes. these range from comfortable through to efficient and distinctively sporty. The adjustable suspensions can increase the height by upto 76 mm. On long hauls, the car will automatically drop it’s height adjustments to improve the overall air flow efficiency. The engineers claim that the Audi E-Tron EV can comfortably seat five adults in a spacious cabin loaded with technology. The front console comes with dual split screen. The top screen helps the occupants to engage with car’s infotainment unit while the second screen plays with car’s primal functions like temperature and seat adjustments etc. The driver gets a digital cockpit in tune-d with current Audi’s design language.
E-Tron owners will benefit from 72,000 charging stations scattered across Europe managed by 220 providers at present and owners in the United States will benefit from the VW Group’s Electrify America network of charging stations which will include nearly 500 locations across the country by July 2019.
Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management of Audi for Technical Development earlier in the interview said, “The E-Tron Charging Service builds confidence in our electric initiative. Following on from the Audi E-Tron, in 2019 the Audi E-Tron Sportback will be the second electric car to go on sale, followed in 2020 by the Audi E-Tron GT from Audi Sport. We already have the right answers to many of the questions and concerns regarding charging”.