The 2020 e-tron has covered a distance of over 1,600 kilometers (994 miles) across 10 European countries in 24 hours as part of an Audi publicity stunt aimed at demonstrating its EV’s abilities as a long-distance cruiser.
On August 20, nine journalists climbed aboard three e-tron 55 quattros and embarked on the tour that took them from Lake Bled in Slovenia to Amsterdam in the Netherlands over the course of 24 hours. Their 1,600-kilometer tour included Austria, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Covering this distance in 24 hours was made possible by the e-tron’s 150-kW fast-charging capability. Using direct-current charging at high-power charging stations, the lithium-ion battery of the reaches 80 percent of its capacity in just under 30 minutes. Obviously, this saves lots of time on long trips such as the 1,600-km tour.
Each of the three e-trons made seven charging stops during the tour: in Kärnten, South Tyrol, Vorarlberg, in the Canton of Zurich, in the Breisgau, in the Eifel, and near Liège. These stations are also integrated into the e-tron Charging Service, along with the AC charging stations where the e-tron can recharge using up to 11 kW of alternating current. In total, Audi’s proprietary charging service covers around 100,000 charging points in 19 EU countries.
“Our electric SUV is an excellent long-distance car because it perfectly combines a high degree of ride comfort, performance and efficiency,” explains Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, Audi Board of Management Member for Technical Development. “On the journalists’ tour we’ve also shown that, apart from the range itself, fast-charging capability with 150 kW is crucially important,” the executive added.