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The Audi e-tron Electric Car Information

The Audi e-tron Electric Car Information

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Audi’s first ever all-electric car is here and it’s everything you’d expect from an Audi, powered entirely by battery.

Audi's first ever all-electric car is very exciting but you may have some questions about the e-tron:

  • How do you charge it?
  • Where can you charge it?
  • What’s the cost of charging it?

How do you charge the Audi e-tron?

Re-charging the battery is really simple and can be done at home or at public electric car charging stations when you’re out and about. The speed of charging will vary, dependent on where you’re charging from and will require two different kinds of plugs and cables; the e-tron does comes ready prepared with both.

The charging power is measured in kilowatts (kW) and typically the higher the kW input, the faster the charge. You can have an Audi recommended wall box fitted at your home, boosting the charge power up to 11kW meaning you could achieve a full charge within 8 hours.

Electric car being charged with home charging station

What about a wall box charger?

Having a wall box installed at your home means easy charging whilst you relax at home or overnight. Most UK homes will be able to install 7kW wall boxes, while some larger homes may be able to host a higher powered 11kW or 22kW unit. The location of your home wall box will depend on the positioning of your home fuse box or meter and in some cases groundwork may be necessary.

There are instances, where it may not be possible to install a home wall box. If this is the case, the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) provides funding to local authorities towards the cost of installing on-street charging points. Should you not be able to have a home wall box, it’s advisable to refer to your local authority to find out if an on-street charging point can be installed in your street.

To encourage the fitting of home charging points a government grant of up to £500 is available; if you decide to do this, Audi recommends Pod Point to install your home wall box for you. Pod Point will guide you through the entire process and can even apply for the government grant on your behalf.

Find out more about Pod Point

What about public charging?

Charging your Audi e-tron while you’re out and about is simple; link to your smartphone, tablet or PC to access Audi connect services which can offer features like ‘e-tron route planner’ that design routes that include charging points. 2019 will see the introduction of fast-charging points that can supply 150kW. The e-tron is capable of charging at 150kW and at such charging stations, the e-tron will be able to charge up to 80% in just 30 minutes and 100% within 50 minutes. Park, plug in, grab a drink or a bite to eat and your e-tron will be sufficiently charged to carry on with your day.

There are currently around 17,500 charge points in over 5,000 locations across the UK. Across Europe there are more than 45,000 locations and the number is growing.  In fact, the UK government recently introduced legislation that mandates public charging points at all UK motorway service stations and at large fuel retailers. You may already have noticed charging points in your local area including supermarkets, car parks, gyms and even on-street parking bays.

Blue Audi e-tron electric car charing

How much does it cost to charge the Audi e-tron?

The running cost of a car is a big factor you need to take into account when you’re looking for a new car and the e-tron ticks the boxes for keeping the costs down. At home, the average overnight electricity rate is around 15p per kWh. Taking this into account, charging your e-tron overnight at home could cost you as little as 2-3p per mile. Compare this to a petrol or diesel powered car and you’re looking at 12-15p per mile.

How can you increase your range in the Audi e-tron?

The Audi e-tron features recuperation technology which works to preserve the battery range; when coasting and braking, the vehicle’s kinetic energy is converted to electrical energy, which is then stored in the battery powering the components such as the lights or the sound system. This helps to provide an extra source of energy conserving the main battery which is there solely to drive the motors. The e-tron also uses a sophisticated heat pump that uses warmth generated by the car to supply the heater.

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