Audi has rolled-out a series of changes to its e-tron, improving efficiency and range for the pure-electric SUV. The e-tron will now feature the same systems brought in for the recently launched Audi e-tron Sportback.
The result of the changes is to improve the official driving range for the Audi e-tron 55 quattro to 271 miles (WLTP) on a charge. This sees an additional 15.5 miles added to the previous range, with no physical change to the battery or motors.
A new type of braking system sees in improvement in efficiency thanks to reducing the effect of residual brake torque – losses that occur when the calipers are close to the discs.
The ways the motors work is more efficient too, with the motor on the rear axle powering the e-tron when in normal driving. The front motor is almost completely disengaged for most of the time, and only kicks back in when the driver needs more power or runs in off-road mode.
Audi has fine-tuned the battery technology to gain a little more usable capacity. The 95 kWh now has a net capacity of 86.5 kWh, allowing a little further range from each charge.
All newly produced models will benefit from the technical upgrades, and there are no price increases linked to the changes. Prices start at £68,060 for the e-tron, including UK Plug-in Car Grant.