TECHNIK v2.0

In­side the irst fruit from In­gol­stadt’s elec­tric tree

CAR (UK) - - BIG DRIVE -

RE­GEN­ER­A­TION GAME Turn­ing the mo­tors into dy­namos to charge the bat­ter­ies as you slow makes per­fect sense. Ex­cept in this case: Audi’s two-stage re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing sys­tem unset­tled Ge­org. It’s nowhere near as slick and in­tu­itive as Jaguar’s set-up in the new i-Pace. SKATE­BOARD SPEC Both mo­tors run o‰ a bat­tery pack mea­sur­ing 2280mm by 1630mm by 340mm – around the size of a dou­ble mat­tress. The LG-sourced pack is placed low in a Tes­lain­spired ‘skate­board’ lay­out. Rated at 95kWh, it com­prises 432 cells ar­ranged in 36 units, each with its own im­pact pro­tec­tion. Audi claims a 249-mile range (WLTP), which may be on the con­ser­va­tive side, given Audi’s post-Diesel­gate cau­tion. QU­AT­TRO RE­BORN The leg­endary qu­at­tro badge makes the leap from old Audi to new elec­tric Audi. It drives the rear wheels with the rear mo­tor most of the time, but can bring the front mo­tor – and wheels – into play when the cen­tral black box deems that to be the best course of ac­tion.

ROAD­SIDE CHARG­ING

Audi has noted the way Tesla’s Su­per­charger net­work elim­i­nates many of the po­ten­tial neg­a­tives from the charg­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and will o‰er its own Tes­lain­spired scheme. Across Eu­rope there will be over 72,000 charge points. You’ll be able to pay with a con­tact­less e-Tron card or QR app. Audi is keen to in­tro­duce some cer­e­mony to the ex­pe­ri­ence – so when you’re ready to con­nect, a mo­torised panel moves to re­veal the charg­ing socket

(there’s one on each side of the car). SLOW, MEDIUM AND FAST 120kW fast charg­ers will get the e-Tron from zero to 80 per cent charged in 30 min­utes. The overnight Com­pact 11kW charg­ing sys­tem takes 8.5 hours, while the 22kW Charg­ing Sys­tem Con­nect will do it in 4.5 hours. There’s no sign of

wire­less charg­ing yet.

e-Tron also avail­able with­out ace camou lage graph­ics, if youpre­fer

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