This is Audi's electric car, the E-Tron SUV. At its core is an electric driveline with two asynchronous motors – one sitting up front with 181bhp and the other at the rear with 221bhp– connected by an electronic ‘prop shaft’ that eschews a conventional mechanical connection for a wiring loom. In the e-tron the two motors provide four-wheel drive and deliver up to 402bhp and 487lb ft, which is only available in Boost mode, that also gives the new Audi a claimed 0-60mph time of around 5.5sec. Top speed is limited to 124mph.
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In the Audi e-tron Normal mode power and torque are reduced by 13% and 18% respectively, to 350bhp and 414lb ft, to increase the battery range, although this is still enough for a 0-62mph time of 6.4sec. Energy is supplied by a liquid-cooled 95kWh lithium ion battery mounted low in the floor. Overall, the battery weighs 700kg – a good chunk of the car’s 2490kg kerb weight.
The battery can be charged using a 150kW fast charger, with which Audi claims a charging time of just 30 minutes up to an energy capacity of 80%. For home charging there is a standard 11kW charger, which charges the battery in 8.5 hours.
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