Audi’s revised all-electric SUV is on sale in the UK now, with a maximum range of 250 miles and an improved regenerative braking system
Audi has launched a technical update for its all-electric e-tron SUV that gives it an improved cooling system, a more efficient regenerative braking system and 15 miles of extra range. The German brand has also launched the entry-level e-tron 50 quattro variant in the UK, which features a less powerful electric drivetrain and a smaller electric range.
The updated Audi e-tron 55 quattro is on sale in the UK now, priced from £71,560 for the base-model or £82,310 for the flagship launch edition variant.
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The new entry-level Audi e-tron 50 quattro is also on sale now, priced from £59,900 for the base-model Technik variant, £62,600 for the mid-range Sport model or £66,700 for Audi’s highly-specced S-Line version. A flagship launch edition variant of the lesser-powered electric SUV is also available, starting at £72,700.
As part of the technical update, Audi has reworked the e-tron 55’s drivetrain, increasing the amount of accessible power its 95kWh battery pack can produce and adding a range of efficiency tweaks for its electric motors, such as disengaging the front motor when cruising.
Smaller cooling hoses and a range of modifications to the e-tron’s wiring also mean that the updated car’s cooling system doesn’t work as hard as the old model’s, while changes to the SUV’s regenerative braking system allows up to 220kW of energy to be recovered when under light braking situations from 62mph.
As the entry-level e-tron 50 quattro sits below the 55 quattro in Audi’s line-up, it offers less performance and a smaller 71kWh battery pack – although it will still recover an 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes when plugged into publically available fast-charger. Its electric motors also produce lower power and torque figures of 308bhp and 540Nm, in comparison to the flagship model’s 402bhp and 664Nm.
As a result, the e-tron 50 quattro’s top speed is reduced to 118mph, while 0–62mph takes around a second longer at 6.8 seconds. Range for the e-tron 50 quattro drops is up to 190 miles, while the improved 55 quattro offers a claimed range of up to 250 miles.
The forthcoming e-tron 50 Sportback will offer a marginally better range, thanks to its more streamlined body, with a claimed maximum of 215.6 miles.
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