Audi Announces a Less Expensive, Shorter Range Electric e-tron SUV
Luxury carmaker Audi announced that another variant will soon join the e-tron lineup and will make its debut in the UK by 2020. The new car dubbed the Audi e-tron 50 Quattro will be positioned under the company's e-tron 55 Quattro model as the automaker's entry-level electric variant.
The all-new e-tron 50 Quattro will be manufactured at Audi's carbon-neutral Brussels plant. The 50 Quattro comes with 120 KW charging capability which allows the car's battery pack to recharge up to 80% in around 30 minutes using a fast-charging station.
The electric SUV comes with a 71 kWh battery, which powers a dual-motor setup, offering a driving range of 186 miles according to the WLTP standards. Power is delivered using one electric motor for each axle, which equips the EV with Audi's e-Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
The powertrain produces around 308 horsepower or 230 KW of combined power output and 398 lb-ft (540 NM) of peak torque. This allows the 50 Quattro to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under five seconds. The EV's top speed is electronically limited to 118 mph.
Audi claims that as a result of the e-tron's low center of gravity, air suspension, as well as a intuitive electric all-wheel drive regulator, the electric vehicle will be able to offer unparalleled stability and handling characteristics.
The low center of gravity also decreases the car's resistance and along with the e-tron 50's advanced thermal management system, it also enhances the overall efficiency of the EV.
Audi e-Tron 50 comes with a compact charging system as standard, which means that the car can be recharged using a domestic wall outlet when not using a 120 kW fast-charging station.
Audi's entry-level electric SUV is capable of supporting charging capacity of up to 2.3 KW while using a 230-volt outlet. The 71 KW of energy is stored in the e-tron 50's battery pack which is comprised of 324 prismatic cells encased in 27 battery modules.
Audi will also be introducing an optional connect charging system for the e-tron 50, which comes with smart charging functions later this year. This feature will inform customers about inexpensive time slots when they can recharge their e-tron at a lower cost, depending on variable electricity rate at that time.
Like its more powerful sibling, e-tron 50 Quattro will come standard with Audi's innovative electronic regenerating braking, which can add 1 mile of range for every mile traveled downhill.
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