With its first fully electric series production model, Audi has transformed from a classic automobile manufacturer to a system supplier for mobility. Thanks to a comprehensive range of charging options with intelligent solutions for home and on the move, customers can enjoy fully electric driving without having to compromise.
At up to 150 kW: charging on the move
In the realistic WLTP driving cycle, the electric SUV achieves a range of more than 400 kilometers (248.5 mi) with its high-performance, high-voltage battery. That will mostly avoid the need to stop at charging stations during everyday driving. On long trips, such as when going on vacation, customers can recharge with up to 150 kW DC at fast charging stations meeting the European Combined Charging System (CCS) standard – a first for a series-production automobile. This means that the Audi e-tron is all set for the next long-distance stretch of a journey in approximately half an hour. It is all made possible by the sophisticated thermal management of the lithium-ion battery, which allows charging at up to 150 kW. Plans call for the Ionity network to include 400 such high-power charging (HPC) stations installed at 120-kilometer (74.6 mi) intervals along European highways and main transportation corridors by 2020. The Volkswagen Group including Audi and Porsche, the BMW Group, Daimler AG and the Ford Motor Company are jointly promoting the expansion of the HPC network. Beyond this joint venture, too, other compatible HPC charging points are currently being installed in Europe.
In addition to fast charging with direct current, the electric SUV can also be charged on the move with alternating current at AC chargers, with up to 11 kW as standard and at 22 kW with the optional second on-board charger. The car is connected to the charging station using the standard mode 3 charging cable. Roughly 95 percent of all existing charging points in Europe currently conform to this standard.
From market launch Audi will offer a proprietary charging service for its customers – the Audi e-tron Charging Service. It provides convenient access to roughly 80 percent of all charging stations in Europe, corresponding to well over 70,000 public charging points in 16EU countries. Whether it’s AC or DC, 11 kW or 150 kW – just one card is all customers need to perform the charging process. Customers have to register one time on the myAudi portal and conclude an individual charging contract. Billing is automatic via the user account. No physical means of payment is used. The procedure will become even more convenient with the function Plug & Charge, which is set to debut in 2019: The card will no longer be needed – the car authorizes itself and unlocks the charging station.
Standard with 11 kW, optionally with 22 kW: charging at home
The Audi e-tron will typically be recharged most often at home. And each charging cycle costs the owner just a few seconds of time, i.e. the time required to connect and disconnect the charging cable. In most cases, the electric SUV is charged overnight and then sets off the next morning with a fully charged battery and a range of more than 400 kilometers (248.5 mi) according to the WLTP test cycle.
Audi offers various solutions for charging at home. If desired, an electrician referred by the local Audi dealer will check the power supply in the garage and install the suitable technology. The standard mobile charging system can be used in two ways – with a charging power of up to 2.3 kW when connected to a 230 volt household outlet, and with up to 11 kW when connected to a 400 volt three-phase outlet. In the latter case, the battery can be fully recharged in roughly eight and a half hours. The optional connect charging system doubles the charging power to as much as 22 kW. This requires a second charger on board the Audi e-tron, which will be available from 2019.
Together with a home energy management system, the connect charging system offers intelligent functions. In this case, the Audi e-tron can be charged with the maximum power available with consideration of other consumers in the household to avoid overloading the electrical system. Customers can also define their own personal priorities, such as charging when electricity is less expensive. If the home is equipped with a photovoltaic system, the car can be charged preferentially using the electricity generated by the system, and charging even considers forecast phases of sunshine.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.