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Tesla can be ridiculed for his chasms, his unique management and his overbearing autopilot, but let us see his undeniable success: "democratize" the 100% electric car. When the historic brands considered this solution ideal for city dwellers, Tesla proved it was more justifiable on the road, could accommodate larger batteries ... and could be bought by an audience that could afford it.

The e-tron was launched in early 2019 and is the cornerstone of a 100% electric Audi family: e-tron Sportback in late 2019, e-tron GT in 2020, compact SUV in 2021.

Since Model S in 2012, Tesla has been annoying premium manufacturers (and not just the US) who are only launching their 100% high-end electric models: Jaguar I-Pace since 2018, Audi e-tron from 2019, Mercedes EQC and BMW iX3 in 2020.

Autonomy Audi e-tron

The e-tron is nested between the Q5 and the Q7 and has an air permeability coefficient of 0.27, which is lower than that of a Q3. Thanks to the aerodynamics (motorized grille shutters, variable ride height, level floor, camera replaced by optional cameras), supplemented by an adjustable brake regeneration, which alone saves 30% autonomy (we will come back

With the air suspension, the E-Tron drops by 2.6 cm from 120 km / h to reduce air resistance.

Despite its pachydermal mass of 2,490 kg, the Audi e-tron announces a range of 400 km in the WLTP homologation cycle, slightly less than that of a Jaguar I-Pace (480) km). A real but not exceptional autonomy, as a "simple" Hyundai Kona EV culminates today at 482 km, for a purchase price of 42 400 € (before bonus of 6 000 €). In France, the Audi e-tron of € 82,600 is expected.

Audi e-tron refill

This is the main reason for "large" batteries: their charging time, which is not possible with conventional household plugs, can more than achieve
40 hours for a complete cycle. The latter drops to 8:30 at an 11 kW wallbox (wallbox type), 4:30 at a 22 kW outlet (at a public terminal ... if you have checked the Quick Charger option available only for the end of 2019) or 30 Minutes (for 80%). Load) on a 150 kW socket of the Ionity charging network.

This network, funded by a consortium of manufacturers (Volkswagen Group, Daimler, BMW, Ford), will compete with the famed Tesla superchargers. However, it will take time to present an effective network, especially in France: by the end of 2020, 80 terminals are planned against 68. Tesla compressors are already in operation and 34 will come in 2019. Unlike the American borders, Ionity's will be mainly on the highway, as they are reserved for long trips.

An e-tron of 408 ch ... for 8 seconds

The Audi e-tron is powered by a 95 kWh battery under the central floor and has two electric motors, each of which drives one axle. The rear makes 190 hp and moves the car under normal conditions. The front of 170 hp gives him a hand in the strong demands or the increased needs of the Motricity. With 360 hp and 561 Nm of torque, they enable a top speed of 0 to 100 km / h in 6.6 s and 200 km / h.

The boost mode increases power for 8 seconds from 360 to 408 hp

But only for 60 seconds: In order to avoid overheating of the batteries, the electronic control unit then closes its power supply (a situation that may happen only on the German highway without restriction). However, the E-Tron has a boost mode that is available for 8 seconds, increasing power and torque at 408 hp and 664 Nm. By the way, it's time to sit behind the wheel of the first 100% electric Audi SUV in history ... the 0 to 100 km / h drop to 5.7 seconds ...