The new model, set to arrive in 2020, will be able to charge to 80 per cent capacity in less than 12 minutes when hooked up to a 350 kW fast charger. That’s a significant reduction from the 30 minutes needed by the new e-tron SUV to charge to 80 per cent from the company’s existing 150 kW chargers.
During an interview with Autocar, senior E-tron product marketing manager Johannes Eckstein said that battery technology is not yet advanced enough to accommodate the electricity flow rate provided by 350 kW chargers. However, the batteries of the e-tron GT will offer support.
Tesla’s Superchargers will soon get left behind.
To ensure that owners of its future electric models can make use of 350 kW charging as soon as their vehicles arrive, Audi is already hard at work constructing fast-charging stations around the world with 350 kW support. In Europe, these stations are coming to life through the Ionity network, which is a collaboration between the likes of Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes, and others. In the United States, the VW Group’s Electify America subsidiary is also rolling out these stations.
Alongside its support for fast-charging, we know that the e-tron GT will be a luxury sedan designed to rival the Tesla Model S and act as an alternative to the Porsche Taycan. The vehicle will be manufactured at the automaker’s Böllinger Höfe site near Neckarsulm in early 2020.
Besides the e-tron GT and e-tron SUV, Audi will launch an additional 10 electric vehicles by 2025.