Audi will offer a cheaper version of the e-tron next year, with a smaller battery pack and reduced range.
The e-tron 50 Quattro will have a WLTP range of 186 miles, around 55 miles less than the current e-tron 55 Quattro.
It’s fitted with a 71kWh battery pack, giving a 120Kg weight reduction over the current model.
Power output from the two electric motors is rated at 312PS and 540Nm, enough for a seven-second 0-62mph sprint.
The battery has a 120kW charging capability, facilitating recharging to 80% capacity in around 30 minutes at fast-charging stations.
In order to achieve the highest efficiency, only the rear electric motor is active in most driving situations, while the front electric motor is activated predictively when needed – giving all-wheel drive.
Like the more powerful version of the electric SUV, the Audi e-tron 50 quattro also recuperates energy via its two electric motors, with priority given to the rear motor, during more than 90% of all deceleration actions.
The standard efficiency assistant also helps the driver to adopt an economical driving style through automatic recuperation and predictive information in the Audi virtual cockpit. The system uses radar sensors, camera images, navigation data, and Car‑to‑X information to detect the traffic environment and the route. In combination with the adaptive cruise assist, the efficiency assistant can also brake and accelerate the electric SUV predictively.
The lower gross weight of the 50 model, which also reduces running resistance, contributes to efficiency, as does the advanced thermal management system with its standard thermal pump. This system regulates the temperature of the interior as well as the battery and cools the electric motors, the power electronics and the charger. In this way it ensures that the high-voltage components enjoy a longer service life and enables fast charging with direct current (DC).
Audi will offer an optional connect charging system, which 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.
The new car will be available early next year, with prices expected to start at around £60,000.