I’m the enthusiastic owner of a 21’ Daytona gray BO sport back. My previous car of 10yrs was a Toyota Prius gen 3. My son has gratefully taken ownership and I’m sure it will serve him up inexpensive miles for years.
I remember marveling at how aero and efficient the Prius was and willing to suffer the badge of decidedly uncool, for cheap miles and low maintenance. It was for sure limited in performance and driving pleasure. A compromise of form and function over carving the roads and acceleration.
The E-tron on the other hand feels like a road magnet. It is so completely solid feeling with an amazing suspension that soaks up jarring divots and literally drives you through corners. The batteries low center of gravity really creates a planted feeling that’s hard to appreciate till driving hard. I find all the instant torque that happens silently when you mash the pedal a stealthy thrill. I’ve been amazed of the top end acceleration at highway speeds. I think 60 to a 100 happens in 2.5 sec. it blows my mind!!!
So like I was saying enthusiastic and having had the car for 6 months and almost 5k, (was away a month). I’ve had a really great time running the mileage and here are my results. 2.6 miles per kw/h. Which gives me a total average range of 230 miles per charge at 100%. I have not had a 220 line run to my driveway and have only relied on 120V 1.1kw/h charging at home. Fortunately my local township in Pennsylvania has installed a number of free level 2 stations that I use if planning for a longer trip.
I have driven a number of times to NYC and the Jersey shore and have been impressed by the accuracy of the GOM estimated range and ability to maintain 2.7-2.9 kw efficiency at 75 plus Mph. Unlike a typical ICE car where you generally maintain consistent throttle, I tend to find using quick intermittent throttle pulsing to bring up speed and allowing the car to coast between, works really well for efficiency.
Today I was running around town with a bunch of stop and go and numerous quick starts while using coast and regen braking as much as possible and came up with 3.2 m/kw. It’s great to know you can gain so much regen from the acceleration, and I enjoy the challenge of maximizing my braking potential. I would like to see Audi bring an update for regen levels that allow for full stop. I think it was a decision to make it feel more natural with creep but the options would be nice.
It’s exciting to think where these cars can get with some lighter batteries and infrastructure to support fast charging.
I’d love to hear from others on your experiences and technique for driving farther, faster and in style.