Audi has introduced the e-tron 50 as its new entry level version and will come with less power and less range. Is anyone going to consider this version compared to the e-tron 55?
The new version is called 50 quattro and will pack a smaller battery, less powerful motors and, supposedly, a lower price tag.
According to Audi, the e-tron 50 uses a 71 kWh battery that gives it a range of up to 186 miles (300 km). That’s significantly less than the 248 miles (400 km) achieved by the range-topper.
Just as its more powerful brother, the e-tron 50 can be recharged from a 120 kW fast-charge station to 80 percent capacity in about half an hour.
With the introduction of the new entry-level, Audi brings its electric SUV capabilities down to a minimum. The bigger 55 was already behind the Tesla Model X and the Jaguar I-Pace in terms of range, and the new version is even farther.
The rest of the technologies deployed in the car are shared with the 55. That includes the energy recuperation system used to generate electricity from other components of the car and feed it back to the battery. With the system on, 30 percent of the battery capacity can be recuperated on the go.
The new e-tron has the same number of electric motors, two, but in this case they develop less power. The e-tron 50 is rated at 308 hp and 540 Nm of torque.
Audi did not say when the car will become available in the U.S. and Europe but did mention a market launch in the U.K. in early 2020.