Audi e-tron 55 (2019)

Audi e-tron 55 (2019)

The Audi e-tron 55 is the first fully electric car with from Audi. After the emissions scandal, the Volkswagen Group have something to prove, and the e-tron 55 goes a long way in establishing the company as a credible contender in the BEV space. As a long-range SUV, the model is inevitably compared to Tesla’s Model X and Jaguar’s i-Pace; in terms of high-quality build and finishes, the German brand comes out on top. However, the e-tron 55 is heavy, and as a result, it lags behind its competitors on performance and range. 

Electric Range

250 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge

£11.97

Battery Size

95 Kwh

3.7Kw Charge

26 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

Yes CCS Max 150kW

OLEV Approved

Yes

Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging an Audi e-tron 55

The Audi e-tron 55 comes with a battery size of 95kWh and has an official WLTP range of 250 miles. In comparison, Jaguar I-PACE has a 90kWh battery and an official WLTP range of 298 miles, highlighting the adverse impact of the e-trons weight.

A 95kWh battery is substantial. As a result, you may want to consider purchasing a fast (7kW) home charging device to avoid lengthy charge times.

Using a 7kW home charger, for example, will take a little over 14.5 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 17 miles*. The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be £13.30.

A huge benefit to owning an Audi e-tron 55 is its impressive rapid charging capabilities. The e-tron 55 comes with a CCS connector with a max DC charging rate of 150kW. That’s fast. The car’s rapid charging options make this an excellent vehicle for long journeys. Although 50kW charge points make up the majority of the UK’s rapid charging network, this is slowing progressing towards higher-powered devices installed along major roads. Plugged into a 150kW charge point, the e-tron 55 can charge from 20% to 80% in just 30 minutes.

Note: The e-tron 55’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) = 36 hours for 0-80%
  • 3.7kW = 26h for 0-100%
  • 7.4kW = 13 hours for 0-100%
  • 11kW = 9 hours for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 70 mins for 20-80%
  • 150kW = 30 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 55

Classified as a BEV, the Audi e-tron 55 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 55 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 55?

The release of the e-tron 55 was met with positive reviews and considered a game-changing step in the development of BEV. 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. Audi’s e-tron 55 is exemplary of such developments. The German carmaker decided to keep the traditional styling of previous SUV models that its loyal customer base favour, such as the Q5 and Q7.

In every way the Audi e-tron 55 is just like owning any other Audi SUV, but with the absence of engine noise and fossil fuel emissions. The e-tron 55 is exceptionally spacious with plenty of room to accommodate five adults comfortably, along with large boot space. Keen 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 was the virtual door mirrors, promoting camera technology in replacement of traditional mirrors. While these futuristic mirrors may appeal to the tech lovers out there, for many, the practicality of positioning and screen glare may not work for you. Traditional side mirror options are available.

Aside from the unique side mirrors, the primary issue with the e-tron 55 is its weight – coming in at a beastly 2,490kg, in comparison to Jaguar’s i-Pace 2,133kg. Made of steel and with a vast battery, the e-tron boasts an undoubtedly high-quality build; however, the weight not only impacts driving performance but its range. Nevertheless, it still manages a real-world range of over 200 miles, has rapid charging capabilities and effective regenerative braking. The e-tron is a compelling EV – even for those who drive long distances.

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