All the electric cars on sale today and coming soon
Electric cars are coming of age, with the range, practicality and choice of models to make them worthy of serious consideration. In this 20-page special, we outline what’s on sale now or coming soon, plus we explain all the related terminology and put two
NEXT YEAR IS shaping up to be the year of the electric SUV. Jaguar’s I-pace will be nding its feet as more hit the roads, while Mercedesbenz and BMW will be launching the EQC and upcoming ix3 respectively to take on Tesla’s Model X, which had this market all to itself until recently. And then there’s Audi, whose E-tron you see here.
The new electric luxury SUV slots in between the existing Q5 and Q7 in Audi’s line-up, although it sits lower to the ground than the Q5.AS well as a bold look that separates it from other SUVS in Audi’s range, the E-tron features contrasting paintwork around its lower edges to emphasise its off-road ability.
In a rst for production cars, buyers can opt to replace the car’s conventional door mirrors with cameras that feed rear-view images on to small screens inside; the more compact cameras help to make the car
more aerodynamic. Other features designed to make the E-tron as slippery as possible through the air include special 19in wheels and a smooth underside that also protects the battery pack from impacts.
The E-tron is powered by two electric motors – one on each axle, making the car four-wheel drive.the motors produce a combined 402bhp, allowing the E-tron to cover the 0-62mph sprint in less than six seconds and go on to a top speed of 124mph.the battery pack that powers the motors has a capacity of 95kwh – slightly bigger than the I-pace’s 90kwh unit and close to that of the range-topping Model X P100D.
The latest WLTP tests give the E-tron a range of 249 miles on a single charge – similar to that of the EQC but down on the I-pace’s 292-mile of cial range.
Air suspension and adaptive dampers come as standard, promising a comfortable ride.this also plays a part when the E-tron goes off road, with its body rising by up to
‘The E-tron has an of cial range of 249 miles, based on the latest WLTP tests’
50mm for extra ground clearance.the E-tron is capable of towing up to 1800kg, too.
If you’re recharging the E-tron at home, expect a full charge to take about eight and a half hours, or that can be halved by using an optional high-capacity charger. When using the fastest chargers available (150kw), the E-tron can be charged up to 80% in about half an hour.
Inside, the E-tron is familiar Audi territory, with a Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display replacing conventional dials and two touchscreens mounted on the centre console.the upper 10.1in screen runs Audi’s MMI infotainment system, while the lower 8.6in screen is given over to climate controls and other minor functions.while it looks fancy, our experience with this system in the A8 and A6 saloons suggests it can be distracting to use on the move.
Audi claims the E-tron has more head and leg room in the rear seats than its rivals. It also has a larger boot; its 660-litre capacity with the rear seats up comfortably outstrips the EQC’S and I-pace’s.
The E-tron is expected to cost about £71,000, with the Government’s £4500 electric car grant taking that down to £66,500.That means the E-tron will be slightly more expensive than both the I-pace (£63,495) and EQC (an estimated £60,000).
‘Standard air suspension allows the body to rise by up to 50mm for off-roading’
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Optional door cameras show rearward view on small screens inside the car