Audi is gearing up for the market launch of the E-Tron, the first battery-electric SUV in the history of the brand, and the Germans just announced more solutions that will help owners adopt the electric car lifestyle more easily.
More specifically, Audi will offer E-tron customers a pair of intelligent solutions to connect their electric vehicle with their homes.
The standard compact charging system will feature charging with an output of up to 11kW. Audi will also offer an optional charging system with double the output (22kW), for which the E-Tron will be equipped with a second, optional charger. The system will be able to connect to the grid via the home’s WiFi and offer ‘intelligent charging functions’ in conjunction with a home energy management system.
“In keeping with our premium quality standards, we want an electric car that fits seamlessly into the intelligently connected home, to provide genuine added value for the customer. That is why we have teamed up with the two leading suppliers of home energy management systems, the Hager Group and SMA Solar Technology. That brings maximum charging convenience,” says Fermin Soneira, Head of Product Marketing at Audi.
By combining a charging system with a suitably equipped home energy management system, customers will be able to use variable electricity tariffs to charge their Audi E-Tron. If the home is fitted with a photo-voltaic system, the charging process can be optimized to prefer the electricity generated by the system for charging their vehicle.
The new Audi E-Tron will be unveiled in its final production form on August 30th, offering a total driving range of 248 miles (400km) in the European WLTP cycle. The electric SUV is expected to be powered by a pair of electric motors and a 95kWh battery pack. Audi won’t reveal just yet how much grunt will be on offer, but a figure around the 400hp mark is expected.