Audi e-tron charging guide

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Audi’s e-tron is a big contender in the premium EV SUV market. Having been launched as a one-variant model, Audi has quickly expanded the line-up to include different battery sizes, body styles, and performance models – rivalling everything from Mercedes Benz’s EQC to Jaguar’s I-Pace, and Tesla’s Model X.

The Audi e-tron is available with either a 71 kWh or 95 kWh battery, and in either e-tron or e-tron Sportback form. Quoted ranges start at 176 miles and raise to 258 miles on a single charge. No e-tron models qualify for OLEV’s Category 1 Plug-in Car Grant, which takes £3,000 off the cost of a new model, because all cost more than the £50,000 threshold. However, a buyer is likely to qualify for a £300 Homecharge Scheme grant towards the cost of a home charge point.

Audi e-tron Range

Official WLTP Range

Audi e-tron 50 quattro
195 miles

Audi e-tron 55 quattro
241 miles

Audi e-tron S quattro
223 miles

Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro
258 miles

Audi e-tron S Sportback quattro
226 miles

Real-world Range

Audi e-tron 50 quattro
176 miles

Audi e-tron 55 quattro
216 miles

Audi e-tron S quattro
200 miles

Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro
232 miles

Audi e-tron S Sportback quattro
203 miles

 

How to charge an Audi e-tron

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The Audi e-tron range uses the CCS charging standard, which consists of a combined AC and DC inlet port. The top portion of the inlet is for the Type 2 connector, which is used when charging at home, or at public slow and fast AC points. Both the upper and lower sections on the inlet are used to carry high power during rapid DC charging. The Audi e-tron’s CCS charging inlet is found on the front flank, behind the off-side front wheel and in front of the driver’s door.

The Audi e-tron is able to be slow, fast and rapid charged from public points, depending on the network and type of charge unit. In most cases, slow charging requires a 3-pin-to-Type 2 cable, and fast charging a Type 2-to-Type 2 cable, one of which is usually supplied with the vehicle. For rapid charging, the vehicle uses a tethered CCS connector which is part of the charging unit.


Type 2 – Slow & FastCCS – Rapid
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Charging on AC or DC requires the EV driver to plug the connectors into the correct inlet, after which the car then ‘talks’ to the charging unit to make sure there is a power supply, that there are no faults, and that it is safe to start charging. If charging at private home or workplace charge point, the vehicle then automatically starts charging.

On a public charger, an activation process is required to initiate charging. Depending on the network provider, this may require the use of an RFID card or smartphone app, often linked to an account which has been set up beforehand. Contactless pay-as-you-go is now commonplace on rapid charge points. Once activated, the units will conduct further connection and account checks before starting to charge the vehicle.


How long does it take to charge an Audi e-tron?

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The following table shows approximate time to charge an Audi e-tron 55 quattro fitted with the optional 22 kW on-board charger. Times are for a 100% charge for all but rapid charging, which is quoted for 0-80% as most rapid chargers reduce or cut power well before 100% charge to protect the battery and maximise efficiency.

Note that the times shown are only a guide, as very rarely will an EV need to be fully charged from 0%. Other factors that might vary the charging time include ambient temperature, in-vehicle energy loads, any upper and lower charge restrictions to extend battery life and protect against potential damage, and charging rates slowing down as the maximum charge is reached.


Rapid 150kWRapid 100kWRapid 50kWFast 22kWFast 7kWSlow 3kW
30 mins
0-80%
45 mins
0-80%
1.5 hours
0-80%
4 hours
0-100%
13.5 hours
0-100%
31 hours
0-100%

 

The Audi e-tron is fitted with an 11 kW on-board charger for Type 2 AC charging as standard. This means that even when connected to a fast charger with a rated output above 11 kW, the Audi e-tron will only be able to charge at up to 11 kW. There is also an optional 22 kW on-board charger available, allowing the Audi e-tron to be charged at all available fast charge points at maximum speed.

Audi e-tron 55 quattro models are capable of ultra-rapid charging at up to 150 kW DC, and e-tron quattro models able to charge at up to 120 kW DC.

Use Zap-Map’s Home Charging Calculator to estimate charging times for an Audi e-tron. The level of battery charge, connector speed, and on-board charger options can be tailored to your requirements for more accurate results.


How much does it cost to charge an Audi e-tron?

The table shown below shows estimates of the cost to charge the Audi e-tron 55 quattro’s 95 kWh battery at home (on a domestic tariff) or using a rapid charge point. Cost estimates are dependent on the charge remaining, usable battery capacity, and age of battery pack. Cost per mile is calculated using an estimate of real-world range.

TypeCost/kWhCost to chargeCost per mile
Home16 p/kWh£15.207.0 p/mile
Public Rapid30 p/kWh to 80% charge£22.8010.5 p/mile

 

Based on these figures, the Audi e-tron’s fuel costs are 7-11 p/mile based on real-world energy usage, the cost depending on the type of charging. In general, home charging provides the cheapest per mile cost and public rapid charging tends to be around double the cost (per charge and per mile). These fuel costs compare favourably with 12-15 p/mile for conventional petrol and diesel cars.

To find the cost and times to charge an EV on a public charge point, Zap-Map’s Public Charging Calculator calculates charging costs for any new or used plug-in vehicle. The results can be personalised for different electricity costs and the level of charge required.

Charging an Audi e-tron at home

audi e-tron home charging

Buying an Audi e-tron will likely entitle you to an Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grant. This will give you up to £300 off the cost of a fully installed charge point at home. Certain criteria need to be met, and off-street parking needs to be available too.

Customers can buy an OLEV approved charge point from any supplier, as long as it is also fitted by an OLEV approved installer in order to qualify for the EVHS. There are a number of different points and prices on the market so it is worth shopping about beforehand so you know what’s on offer. Audi has signed a deal with Pod Point as the manufacturer’s preferred supplier though, so there is likely to be literature and assistance about the charge point supplier’s units at the dealership.

 

Charging an Audi e-tron on public networks

audi e-tron public charging

The UK has a large number of public EV charging networks, with some offering national coverage and others only found in a specific region. The major UK-wide networks include BP Chargemaster (Polar), Ecotricity, Pod Point, and Charge Your Car.

Payment and access methods across networks vary, with some networks providing an RFID card and others a smartphone app to use their services. While most require an account to be set up before use, some rapid units with contactless PAYG card readers are starting to be installed.

Although some EV charge points are free to use, the majority of fast and rapid chargers require payment. Charging tariffs tend to comprise a flat connection fee, a cost per charging time (pence per hour) and/or a cost per energy consumed (pence per kWh). For more information about network tariffs, visit Zap-Map’s public charge point networks guides.


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