Audi will make electric driving more accessible to more owners, with the creation of an entry-level e-tron luxury crossover.
The company has announced that an Audi e-tron 50 quattro will join the current e-tron 55 in 2020. Like the current model, the new e-tron 50 features two asynchronous electric motors (one on each axle to provide all-wheel drive), but these are smaller, putting out a combined 230kW, as opposed to e-tron 55’s 265 kW. Zero to 100 km/h reportedly takes 7.0 seconds and top speed is limited to 190 km/h.
The vehicle performs predominantly in rear-wheel drive until such time as the front motor is linked in to gain traction. The motors are fuelled by a 71-kWh electric lithium-ion battery (e-tron 55 uses a 95-kWh battery) to attain a range of about 300 km (about 329 in e-tron 55). Fast charging to 80% capacity reportedly takes about a half hour.
Available later in the production year, an optional connect charging system will allow the owner to charge the vehicle off peak, as well as control the cabin climate prior to unplugging the vehicle and driving away.
The lower weight of the components makes for lower running resistance and improved efficiency, which is further aided by a virtual efficiency coach that not only helps the driver adopt a more efficient driving style, but also takes advantage of driving aids, such as adaptive cruise, and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) information to detect traffic and calculate the most efficient route.