Audi Releases New e-Tron SUV Images Taken In A Simulated Electrical Storm

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As a means of further promoting the approaching launch of the model, Audi has released new press images of the all-electric e-Tron prototype that were taken during a “simulated electrical storm” at the high voltage test bay at Siemens’ Berlin switchgear plant.

The idea of the press images I guess is to show how “electric” the new Audi e-Tron will be — with the flashover voltage aimed at the car producing good press images.

The press release accompanying the aforementioned provides more: “This is reflected in the fact that the production version of the Audi e-tron prototype is expected to be one of the first cars on the market capable of recharging with up to 150 kW at high-output DC charging stations. Around 30 minutes after connection at one of these stations, the electric SUV is ready to set off on the next long stage of its journey. Its large lithium-ion battery provides for a range of more than 248 miles (400km) in the WLTP driving cycle.”

The reference above is to the soon-to-be-active Ionity network of fast-charging stations in Europe — which will reportedly offer numerous high-power charging points at various stations in the network.

To go back to the Audi e-Tron a bit, though, as an endnote to the article, the production model will reportedly feature a 95 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack and the aforementioned ~248 mile real-world range. That matches up closely with Tesla vehicles and the Chevy Bolt, while it is significantly more than any other electric cars on the market.

With regard to charging station access, the press release provides a bit more: “At market launch, Audi will provide e-tron customers with simplified access to roughly 80% of these charging stations with a proprietary charging service. Whether it’s AC or DC, 11 kW or 150 kW — just one card is all customers will need to start the charging process, following one-time registration and signature of an individual contract via the myAudi portal. Billing is automatic and requires no physical form of payment. The procedure will become even more convenient with the function Plug & Charge, which is set to debut in 2019. A card will no longer be needed — the car authorizes itself and unlocks the charging station.”

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