Audi announces cheaper e-tron for 2020


Audi is launching a second, cheaper version of its e-tron which will launch in the UK in 2020.

The Audi e-tron 50 quattro has a 71 kWh battery and two electric motors giving it a range of up to 186 miles (WLTP).  Its 120kW charging capability facilitating recharging to 80 per cent capacity in around 30 minutes at fast-charging stations.

The price of the e-tron 50 quattro has not been given, but as it has been billed to be accessible to a wider audience, it will be lower than the e-tron 55 quattro’s £71,490  starting price.

The Audi e-tron 50 quattro can charge with up to 120 kW at fast-charge stations, meaning that the energy capacity of the electric SUV can be restored to 80 per cent of its maximum in approximately half an hour. Alternatively, the battery can be supplied with alternating current (AC) via a home wallbox. For charging at home, the Audi e-tron 50 quattro is equipped with the compact charging system as standard. It supports a charging capacity of up to 2.3 kW with a 230 volt domestic outlet and up to 11 kW when connected to a 400 volt industrial charge point.

The optional connect charging system, available later this year, adds smart charging functions such as off-peak charging, enabling customers to benefit from variable electricity rates by charging their Audi e-tron at more inexpensive times.

In combination with a home energy management system, customers can benefit from additional advantages such as the option to charge with self-generated solar power. Using the myAudi app, customers can control all charging processes and timers as well as pre-entry climate control via their smartphone.