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The Audi e-tron is a fully-electric mid-size luxury[2] crossover SUV produced by Audi, which was unveiled as a concept car at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is the company's first electric mass production car that was first delivered in May 2019. A Sportback variant is scheduled for production in early 2020. It has an EPA range of 204 miles (328 km).

Audi e-tron
Audi e-tron 55 quattro at IAA 2019 IMG 0551.jpg
e-tron at Frankfurt Motor Show 2019
Overview
ManufacturerAudi
Also calledAudi e-tron Quattro
Production2018–present
AssemblyBelgium: Forest
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size luxury crossover SUV
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutDual-motor, four-wheel drive
PlatformMLB[1]
Powertrain
TransmissionSingle speed with fixed ratio
Battery95 kWh lithium ion (83.6 kWh usable)
RangeEPA: 204 mi (328 km)
WLTP: 222 mi (357 km)–259 mi (417 km)
Plug-in charging11/22 kW AC (optional)
150 kW DC
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,928 mm (115.3 in)
Length4,901 mm (193.0 in)
Width1,935 mm (76.2 in)
Height1,616 mm (63.6 in)
Kerb weight~2,560 kg (5,643.8 lb)

LaunchEdit

The Audi e-tron is based on the e-tron quattro concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.[3] The final production version was revealed in San Francisco on 17 September 2018,[4] and it publicly debuted at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.[5]

Scheduled for deliveries in Europe by December 2018, it got delayed to 2019 (customers reported expected delivery dates close to the end of 2019 - see the paragraph below); the car's certification in Germany by the KBA (Federal Motor Transport Authority) was not obtained until required changes were made to the car's software.[6][7][8] In January of 2019, US market deliveries were due to commence in June.[9]

Though in March 2019 the first customer in Germany received his e-tron, in late April 2019 it was reported that prospective customers faced waiting lists of 6–7 months (putting the expected delivery date close to the end of 2019).[10][11] The delays caused controversy in Norway, where customers were informed that their cars would be delivered up to 6 months later than originally promised unless they paid extra for a significantly more expensive "Fast Track" car. Further to this, some customers were also informed that were they to cancel their reservation they would be liable for a fine equal to 8% of the purchase price. [12]

Both in Germany and in the US, hundreds of e-trons were registered before the first publicized delivery to a customer in the respective area occurred,[13][14] which suggests they performed the role of test vehicles of some sort. In June 2019 Audi of America claimed there are 1,644 e-trons in the US and 540 of these are in the hands of customers.[15]

SpecificationsEdit

 
e-tron 55 Quattro

The Audi e-tron is powered by a 95 kWh battery pack of which 83.6 kWh is usable.[16] It will be able to get an 80% charge in around 30 minutes when using 150 kW DC fast-chargers. For at-home charging, there is a standard 11 kW charger which charges it in 8.5 hours, while an optional 22 kW charger halves this time.[17] A liquid cooling system (also serving the motors and power electronics) keeps the battery between 23-35 degrees Celsius, and battery modules (twelve 60 Ah cells each) can be replaced.[16]

The quattro electric all-wheel drive uses two electric motors, one mounted to the front and one at the rear. An early specification rated these two motors at a total system output of 300 kW (408 PS; 402 hp) and 664 N⋅m (490 lb⋅ft) of torque enabling the car to accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 5.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 200 km/h (120 mph) .[18] The actual production version has a combined peak motor power of 265 kW (360 PS; 355 hp), with 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp) from the front motor at a torque of 247 N⋅m (182 lb⋅ft) and 140 kW (190 PS; 188 hp) from the rear motor at a torque of 314 N⋅m (232 lb⋅ft). This allows the car to accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.6 seconds and on to its top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph).[19]

The car uses an energy recuperation system which, on average, contributes 30% to the range. Recuperation can be achieved both when the driver releases the accelerator and when applying pressure to the brake.[17]

When the car is equipped with the virtual side mirrors the car has a drag coefficient of 0.27.[18] The e-tron also sits slightly lower than a traditional SUV; at 1,616 mm (63.6 in) high, it is 43 mm (1.7 in) lower than the Audi Q5. It has 660 litres (23 cu ft) of boot space, 160 l (5.7 cu ft) more than the Mercedes-Benz EQC, along with 60 litres (2.1 cu ft) of storage space in the front.[17]

EquipmentEdit

 
Virtual side mirrors

Standard equipment for the e-tron includes 12-way heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic moonroof, and 20-inch wheels. Upgrades include massage seats, power door closers, leather upholstery, 21-inch wheels and orange brake calipers. The interior is in line with other Audi models with a 10.1-inch infotainment screen, a smaller 8.6-inch touchscreen display, Amazon Alexa voice control, Virtual Cockpit system, and an optional head up display. Other equipments include a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and an available Driver Assistance package with enhanced adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist and night vision.[20] The e-tron is the first production car to offer optional virtual side mirrors, which replaces the traditional side-view mirrors and instead use cameras transmitting images to a high-contrast 7-inch OLED embedded in the door panels.[17]

 
e-tron Sportback preview at Geneva International Motor Show 2019

ModelsEdit

Model Years Power Torque 0–100 km/h Top speed Range
e-tron 55
Quattro
2018– 125 kW
(168 hp) + 240 kW
(322 hp)[19]
247 N⋅m
(182 lb⋅ft) + 314 N⋅m
(232 lb⋅ft)[19]
6.6 s[19] 200 km/h
(124 mph)[19]
EPA: 204 mi (328 km)

WLTP: 358 km (222 mi) - 417 km (259 mi)[21]

MarketingEdit

The e-Tron made an appearance in a commercial for Avengers: Endgame, where it was introduced to Captain Marvel who was informed of the conflicts after Avengers: Infinity War.[22] Although it never made an appearance in the film itself, the e-Tron is set to appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home.[23]

The name e-Tron is very similar to the French word étron (meaning turd), causing some ridicule of the e-Tron in France[24] and by Tesla-CEO Elon Musk.[25]

Production Issues and RecallEdit

Reports surfaced in April 2019 that the e-tron was subject to production delays and a cut in production targets due to supply of batteries and electric motors. Subsequently, weekly production hours at the assembly plant were foreseen to be reduced from 30 to 24.[26] Audi announced a recall of certain e-tron models in early June 2019. The recall relates to a water leak that could lead to the high voltage electronics shorting, potentially causing a fire in extreme cases.[27]

MarketsEdit

North AmericaEdit

MexicoEdit

The Audi e-tron will be launched in Mexico for the 2021 model year. It will be priced in MXN$1,919,900.[28]

ReferencesEdit

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