Audi e-tron 50 (2020)

Audi e-tron 50 (2020)

The e-tron 50 is Audi’s entry-level SUV BEV. Design, styling and build quality remain precisely the same the e-tron 55; the difference is a reduction in performance and range. A smaller battery of 71kWh, in comparison to the 55’s 95kWh, makes for less range; however, long-distance journeys are still viable with more than 150-mile capability and notable 120kW rapid charging. Not to mention, £10k off the price makes the Audi experience more accessible for aspiring EV owners.

Electric Range

186 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge

£9.94

Battery Size

71 Kwh

3.7Kw Charge

19 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

Yes CCS Max 120kW

OLEV Approved

Yes

Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging an Audi e-tron 50

The Audi e-tron 50 comes with a battery size of 71kWh and has an official WLTP range of 186 miles. In comparison, the e-tron 55 has a battery size of 95kWh and a WLTP range of 250 miles.

Using a 7kW home charger, for example, will take a little over 10 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 18 miles*. The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be under £10.

A huge benefit to owning an Audi e-tron 50 is its impressive rapid charging capabilities, just like its more premium sibling. The e-tron 50 comes with a CCS connector with a max DC charging rate of 120kW. That’s fast. The car’s rapid charging options make this an excellent vehicle for long journeys. Although 50kW charge points make up a significant proportion of the UK’s rapid charging network, this is gradually moving towards more powerful stations, particularly along major roads. Plugged into a 150kW charge point, the e-tron 50 can charge from 20% to 80% in less than 30 minutes.

Note: The e-tron 50’s max AC 1-phase rate is 7.4kW, and AC 3-phase rate is 11kW, this means if you plugged into a 22kW AC charger (3-phase) the battery will charge at 11kW.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 27 hours for 0-80%
  • 7.4kW = 10 hours for 0-100%
  • 11kW = 6.5 hours for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 50 mins for 20-80%
  • 150kW = 25 mins for 20-80%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning an Audi e-tron 50

Classified as a BEV, the Audi e-tron 50 produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, the e-tron 50 qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

Plus, you’ll be contributing zero emissions while driving cross country in luxury.

What are people saying about the Audi e-tron 50?

The release of the e-tron 55 was met with positive reviews and considered a game-changing step in the development of BEVs. Given the soaring popularity of SUV models, creating fully electric options for customers is set to aid EV adoption and lead to a greener automobile industry. The additional launch of its entry-level e-tron 50 will support such developments.

In every way the Audi e-tron 50 is just like owning any other Audi SUV, but with the absence of engine noise and fossil fuel emissions. The e-tron 50, is exceptionally spacious with plenty of room to accommodate five adults comfortably, along with ample boot space. Astute attention to detail components, such as the cable storage under the hood, make this both a practical and luxurious vehicle to drive—a perfect family car for anyone considering it and unlike other electric vehicles, this one is a viable option as the household’s primary vehicle.

In terms of design spec, the standout feature has been the virtual door mirrors, promoting camera technology in replacement of traditional mirrors. For the designers and tech lovers out there, these make a novel, futuristic addition, for everyone else, the practicality of positioning and screen glare may not work for you – something to consider when taking a test drive. Traditional side mirror options are available.

Aside from the unique side mirrors, the primary issue with the e-tron 50 is the impact of its weight on range; although it does weigh approximately 120kg less than its counterpart (predominately due to its smaller battery). Nevertheless, with a real-world range of over 150 miles, rapid charging capabilities and efficient regenerative braking, the e-tron remains a convincing option, even for those who drive long distances regularly.

Further still, if you already own an Audi, the e-tron makes it easy to transition to the electric lifestyle.