Expected to be unveiled by the end of this year, the Audi e-tron prototype will be the first car on the market that can be charged with up to 150 kW, following news that Audi UK had begun taking orders for it.
The best part is, the wait will be over in just 30 minutes and that’s enough for the e-tron’s large lithium-ion battery to provide a driving range of more than 400 km. The e-tron can be “refuelled” at AC and DC public charging stations or at home with a 230V household outlet, which will take more than 8 hours.
Its batteries are located in the vehicle floor, positioned strategically with the intention to attain a near 50:50 weight distribution. The battery pack is said to offer the e-tron with more than 400 hp; 500 hp with the overboost function.
The e-tron is expected to complete its 100 km/h run from standstill within 4.5 seconds; with ample traction from its trio of electric motors – one at the front axle with the remainder powering the rear wheels.
To celebrate its new milestone of recharging EVs quickly, Audi recently placed the e-tron in a Faraday cage in Berlin. This simply generated a light show, a lightning crackle over 82 feet tall from the roof of the e-tron.