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Audi shows off innovative new e-tron electric SUV

Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018 4:28pm

Audi is introducing its new e-tron, an electric SUV designed with efficiency in mind.

Three different methods of energy recuperation combined in one vehicle for the first time: the Audi e-tron lives on the cutting edge of driving efficiency. With manual coasting using the shift paddles, automatic coasting via the predictive efficiency assist, and brake recuperation, the Audi e-tron is built for intelligent energy restoration; allowing the SUV to attain up to 30 per cent of its range through this process.

Henning Dohrn, Director, Audi Ireland said: “The e-tron represents yet another milestone for the brand as we offer Irish customers our first state-of-the-art fully electric model. The new Audi e-tron will offer real-world efficient driving solutions together with technology and design features that define Audi as a leading automotive brand.”

The electric SUV recovers energy in two ways: by means of coasting recuperation when the driver releases the accelerator, or by means of braking recuperation when the brake pedal is depressed.

In both cases, the electric motors function as a generator and converts the kinetic energy of the Audi e-tron into electric energy. This allows the battery to recover energy in practically all normal braking, making the system the most efficient on the market.

The Audi e-tron recently underwent a recuperation test at Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs with impressive results. At 4,302 metres, Pikes Peak looms high in the southern Rocky Mountains and is the scene of legendary German rally driver Walter Röhrl’s world famous hill climb in the Audi Sport Quattro S1 back in 1987.

On its 31 kilometre downhill drive, the electric SUV feeds so much energy back to the battery that it can cover approximately the same distance again.

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