Audi ahead of the world premiere of its first fully electric production model the e-tron SUV has put an end to fears over the car’s range. Although it has a decent range of about 400 kilometers (WLTP), for long distance commute, Audi offers a smart solution in the shape of the e-tron Charging Service, which handles the charging process swiftly and simply.
Through its new charging service, Audi provides all e-tron customers and therefore also owners of plug-in models with access to around 80 percent of all public charging stations in Europe. At market launch there are already over 72,000 charging points available in 16 EU countries, with a further eight markets in Eastern Europe due to follow in a few months’ time. Billing is handled centrally under a single contract, with standard, clear pricing models.
From 2019 onward, charging will be even more convenient for Audi customers. This is when the plug & charge function will be introduced. It enables the Audi e-tron to authenticate itself at charging stations via state-of-the-art cryptographic procedures, after which it is authorized – a card will no longer be necessary
“The e-tron Charging Service builds confidence in our electric initiative. Following on from the Audi e-tron, in 2019 the Audi e-tron Sportback will be the second electric car to go on sale, followed in 2020 by the Audi e-tron GT from Audi Sport. We already have the right answers to many of the questions and concerns regarding charging,” remarked Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development.
The Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche, the BMW Group, Daimler AG and the Ford Motor Company has founded the joint venture Ionity. The Audi e-tron is the first series-production model capable of charging with up to 150 kW at Ionity’s high-output DC charging stations. This means it is all set for the next long-distance stretch of a journey in approximately half an hour. The e-tron Charging Service covers Ionity’s quick-charging network, which is undergoing gradual expansion and will already comprise 400 stations by 2020. It will supply cars mainly with eco-electricity. In addition, further quick-charging stations from other providers complete the e-tron Charging Service range along the whole long-distance route.
“With the e-tron Charging Service, we are actually offering a premium charging service ahead of the Audi e-tron’s market introduction. The product is tailored to the needs of our customers. We will be steadily expanding the service hand in hand with our strong partner Digital Charging Solutions,” commented Fermin Soneira, Head of Product Marketing at Audi.
Audi offers various solutions for charging in the garage at home: The standard compact mobile charging system can be used with either a 230 volt household outlet or a 400 volt three-phase outlet. The optional connect charging system doubles the charging power to as much as 22 kW. The second on-board charger required for this will be available as an option at some point in 2019.