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Audi decided to take some earlier prototypes to the Kalahari desert to prove just how well the E-Tron handles dirt or gravel surfaces with their incredible Quattro awd system. Wheel slip control is faster than ever before and there will not only be different settings for stability control but there will also be 7 different profiles to alter the dynamic handling system. https://www.carscoops.com/2018/10/new-audi-e-trons-electric-quattro-awd-will-let-drift-will/
 

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If you look at the capabilities of what JLR has achieved in the I-Pace, I think it's realistic to expect that Merc will deliver a product that does just as well off pavement. I don't think and EV is really viable off road in anything other than short bursts though, as it would probably have a big impact on your range.
 

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Similar to what we see with traditional SUV's, I doubt that many owners will ever be taking their E-Tron on any serious trails. If anything these kinds of features will just make it solid performer for the winter, though we don't know what the hit to its range will be from the cold alone.
 

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Now lets just hope that the colder winter weather doesn't cut the range by a large margin. I think on average with newer EV's its around 15-20%. And we've seen even higher than that on the new Model 3.
 

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Lol what? Storing you car indoors while not in use isn't going to decrease the range loss while driving it. There are reports from owners of the Model 3 that range is down 42%. That's far from acceptable.
 

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Range loss in the winter is unavoidable, and batteries are never going to like extreme temperatures in either direction. But for most new EV's the average range is now above 250 miles, so the loss is becoming less of an issue.
 

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Range anxiety its really only something that we see in North America, where its been largely exaggerated. There were plenty of first adopters of early generation Leafs, with sub 100 miles that had no issues making daily commutes.
 
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