The official Audi e-tron range numbers are out, and let’s just say it’s far from impressive.
With an EPA-estimated range of 328 km the Audi e-tron 55 quattro finds itself at the bottom of the ladder. Will that hurt its sales?
The most important element in the purchase of an electric vehicle is unquestionably the range on a single charge. Performance is obviously paramount, but if you must stop often to recharge the battery pack, it’s not very user-friendly, is it?
At Audi, the arrival of the e-tron SUV will certainly please fans of clean vehicles. Unfortunately for the strategists of the manufacturer of Ingolstadt, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has just unveiled its official estimates of range for the much-anticipated German utility vehicle and the news is not as good as the competing electric SUVs.
Indeed, with an estimated range of 204 miles (328 km), the Audi e-tron finds itself in the tow of its two rivals of the moment, the Jaguar I-PACE (with 376 km according to the EPA) and the Tesla Model X 100D (with 475 km according to the EPA).
The four-ring manufacturer says that the vehicle is equipped with a 150 kW charger and that the latter can add 86 km of range in 10 minutes or 262 km in 30 minutes. That, though, does not prevent the fact that the driver must stop more often to recharge the vehicle’s battery. Let’s hope for the manufacturer that this disappointing range will not undermine the model’s sales, as Audi needs this vehicle to continue its electrification strategy.