The Audi e-tron was first released in the middle of 2019. Electrek got an early look at it in 2018. Fred Lambert had positive things to say about his first ride experience. While some of the features weren’t on par with other electric vehicles, Audi set out to build a great SUV first and an electric vehicle second.

Audi-e-tron Range

As we learned toward the end of 2019, Audi-e-tron was upgraded through the additional range on a single charge.

When launching the e-tron Sportback last week, Audi credited the improved efficiency mainly to the better aerodynamics.

However, we learned that the automaker actually made some software and hardware improvements to help efficiency and that those improvements could make it to the e-tron SUV.

Today, Audi confirmed it with new upgrades to the e-tron resulting in an extra 25km (15.5 miles) of WLTP range for both versions of the vehicle (Audi e-tron 50 and 55).

Audi explained how they were able to achieve additional range.

Thanks to a new type of wheel brake, the developers have achieved further reductions in what is known as residual brake torque. This refers to losses that occur as a result of the proximity of the brake calipers to the brake discs. The drive system has also become more efficient. In normal driving, the motor on the rear axle provides propulsion as standard. Now, thanks to a number of optimizations, the front electric motor is almost entirely disengaged and disconnected from the electricity supply. Only when the driver requests more power do both motors spring into action. Running without power or drag losses, the major advantage of the asynchronous motor concept, is even more effective as a result. In addition, the usable range of the high-voltage battery has increased.

The Audi e-tron 55 quattro can drive for up to  270.9 miles on a full charge.

Audi e-tron Price

Audi-e-tron starts at $74,000, but there are plenty of discounts and incentives to be found if you know where to look. We’ve done the hard work of calling around to various dealerships to find what they are offering. Find the lowest purchase and lease price here on Electrek.

There are models as low as $55,000 depending on the country you’re in.

In Norway, the Audi e-tron 50 price starts at ~$55,000. Earlier this month, Audi unveiled the e-tron 50, a new variant of the electric SUV with a smaller 71 kWh battery pack. The current version of the e-tron, called e-tron 55, comes with a 95 kWh battery pack for a 204-mile EPA-rated range. With the smaller battery pack, the e-tron 50 has a shorter range.

According to the company, the new variant will get 186 miles (299 km) of range compared to 248 miles (399 km) for the version with the 95 kWh pack based on the WLTP standard

Audi e-tron Features

Some of the unique features of the car are a quick charge of 54 miles on a 10-minute charge. For many people’s day-to-day needs, this range would be enough for your drive to work and even a few errands afterward.

It’s the first all-electric passenger vehicle to hit the market with a charging rate of up to 150 kW.

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Audi e-tron Stories August 26

In its continued journey toward vehicle electrification, Audi has announced goals to become a sustainable, social, and technological leader by 2030. This is all part of a new corporate strategy from Audi called “Vorsprung 2030,” with the goal of accelerating the automaker’s electrified transformation originally slotted for 2026. Furthermore, Audi will continue to phase out internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle production, approaching an end date of 2033.

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Audi e-tron Stories August 9

In preparation for its Dakar Rally debut this coming January, Audi has put its RS Q e-tron through eight days of endurance testing in extreme heat in Spain. Three teams of drivers from Audi Sport took turns testing the RS Q e-tron over tough terrain as well as fast gravel sections.

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Audi e-tron Stories April 19

Audi has just shown the future of their electric sedans with the A6 e-tron concept, which debuted at the Shanghai auto show today.

The sedan is based on a new platform that Audi is calling “Premium Platform Electric” or “PPE” for short, developed in collaboration with Porsche. This platform will enable Audi to offer several new vehicles, with the first hitting the road in late 2022.

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Audi e-tron Stories April 14

Audi is unveiling today the production version of the e-tron Q4 and e-tron Q4 Sportsback, the German brand’s latest electric SUV.

It is expected to expand Audi’s electric vehicle lineup to a new and less expensive segment.

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Audi e-tron Stories April 2

The Audi e-tron electric SUV was off to a slow start, but it is now gaining momentum in the US with the 2021 model year getting a price cut and range increase.

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Audi e-tron Stories November 26, 2020

The 2021 Audi e-tron electric SUV is coming and the German automaker has made a few interesting updates, including a new optional 22 kW onboard charger and a new steering wheel.

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Audi e-tron Stories November 25, 2020

Black Friday deals are here! Our Electric Vehicle Price Guide and Electric Vehicle Lease Guide have been updated with the latest EV offers, many of which are set to expire on November 30. Below are some of the best lease deals and discounts we’ve found…

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Audi e-tron Stories October 14, 2020

Audi is introducing the first Digital Matrix LED headlights that can project images on the road like a movie projector in its new electric SUVs.

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Audi e-tron Stories September 29, 2020

Tesla isn’t the only company that makes an end of the quarter sales push. There are still a couple of days left to score a great end-of-quarter deal on several popular EVs all over the US. Even better, often you can get a local dealer to match or at least come down close to these best-in-nation deals. Here are some of the best offers currently on our Electric Vehicle Price Guide and Electric Vehicle Lease Guide

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Audi e-tron Stories August 5, 2020

Audi announced the details of its 2021 e-tron electric SUV lineup, and they’re introducing significant price cuts of up to $9,000.

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Audi e-tron Stories July 6, 2020

In late May, Audi announced the launch of a new agile team to push the envelope on electric and autonomous technology. Volkswagen’s luxury brand said the so-called Artemis project would work on a pioneering vehicle. Autocar reports today that Audi will develop an all-electric flagship sedan to showcase that technology.

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Audi e-tron Stories April 30, 2020

Audi announced today that the Sportback version of its e-tron EV will hit dealerships this summer with a starting price of $77,400. The extra few thousand dollars above the existing e-tron SUV brings a sleeker sportback silhouette and a boost to 218 miles of range.

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Audi e-tron Stories April 14, 2020

After weeks of being idle, auto factories producing electric cars in Europe are resuming production. Hyundai and Audi plants were the first to open, with Daimler expected to begin output next week. EV plants in China have been online for several weeks, but the plan for US production is still up in the air.

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Audi e-tron Stories April 2, 2020

BMW and Mercedes-Benz will both have pure-electric, large luxury sedans in the next year or two. Those models will join the Tesla Model S in the field of full-size EV sedans. But Audi this week said that it decided against an all-electric A8. Instead, the German luxury brand will equip the A8 with a plug-in hybrid with about 30 miles of electric range.

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Audi e-tron Stories April 1, 2020

We’re coming up on the first anniversary of Audi announcing its plans to introduce 20 new EVs in the next four years. The Volkswagen luxury brand yesterday posted a summary of its plans, repeating the goal of making 800,000 EVs a year by 2025 – using, count ‘em, four different EV platforms.

It might seem strange to have more platforms than cars at this stage. But Audi told us about the method to their madness.

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Audi e-tron Stories February 21, 2020

Audi confirmed that it is temporarily suspending production of its e-tron electric SUV due to supply problems. Battery cell supply issues are suspected. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories February 13, 2020

Cody Thacker, the chief of Audi of America’s electric-vehicle initiative, said the pace of EV adoption will rapidly increase in the next couple of years. He delivered his remarks at the Economic Club of Chicago last week. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories February 11, 2020

An oil change is one of several maintenance items that electric vehicle owners don’t have to worry about. So it’s rather surprising that Audi e-tron electric SUVs are warning their owners that they are going to need oil changes. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories December 3, 2019

A couple of weeks ago, Mercedes-Benz quietly announced the price for its all-electric EQC sports-utility vehicle. A $67,900 starting price for a luxurious, 200-mile, 402-horsepower luxury crossover is a good start for the EQC brand. But the announcement got completely lost in the shuffle in a week filled with buzz about Tesla’s bulletproof, stainless-steel Cybertruck. Even the deserved attention given to Ford’s Mustang-inspired electric SUV was cut short. So where does that leave the play-it-safe luxury electric SUVs from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW?

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Audi e-tron Stories November 28, 2019

Audi has just unveiled its e-tron Sportback, which is a little more efficient than the e-tron SUV, but now the German automaker has introduced some upgrades to the e-tron electric SUV — giving it more range and efficiency. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories November 25, 2019

Roger Penske, CEO of Penske Automotive Group, told analysts last month that the Audi e-tron is not selling as fast as he would like. But 4,000 sales over the past half-year for a relatively unknown new, luxury EV seems about right.

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Audi e-tron Stories November 21, 2019

In conversations with Audi and Porsche at the LA Auto Show, a trend emerged: both companies seem quite pleased that so many of their EV sales interest is coming from their own existing, internal combustion customers.

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Audi e-tron Stories October 8, 2019

The Norwegian EV association put a Tesla Model X, a Mercedes-Benz EQC and a Audi e-tron through an interesting towing test with identical camper trailers.

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Audi e-tron Stories October 2, 2019

In this post, we review the portable EV charging cords that come standard with the following electric vehicles sold in North America: Tesla (all models), the Audi e-tron, the Nissan Leaf, the Jaguar I-Pace, the Porsche Taycan, the Chevy Bolt, the BMW i3, and Hyundai (all BEVs). This review is pretty wild; the specs (usefulness) of OEM standard charging cords are all over the place. Some car makers gave a ton of thought to this while others clearly gave none. That’s concerning, because “electricity is everywhere” is a major argument in favor of EV ownership, but that’s only meaningful if you can usefully tap the grid.

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Audi e-tron Stories October 1, 2019

Unsurprisingly, Norway is turning out to be a great market for the Audi e-tron, and now they are even finding new ways to use the electric SUV: as an emergency vehicle for an ambulance service. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories August 28, 2019

After launching the new version and cheaper version of its e-tron electric SUV, Audi is starting to release pricing information.

In Norway, the Audi e-tron 50 price starts at ~$55,000. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories August 14, 2019

The Audi e-tron electric SUV is officially the first battery-electric vehicle to earn a “2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety” (IIHS). expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories August 1, 2019

Audi unveiled today a cheaper version of its e-tron electric SUV with a smaller battery pack and slower charging, but this version of the vehicle is not coming to the North American market. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories June 19, 2019

Audi, one of the rare automakers investing heavily in advertising electric vehicles, is expanding its movie product placement of electric cars with an e-tron appearance in the new Spider-Man movie. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories June 11, 2019

As the Tesla Model 3 and its recent 250kW software update rolls out across Europe, drivers are now testing the cars at not only Tesla charging stations but also 3rd party CCS combo stations. In one test which was uploaded to YouTube, the charging rate of the Tesla Model 3 is put up against the Audi e-tron, an EV not only with a fast 150kW charging speed but the ability to keep that charging rate over a long part of the session.

These are the two fastest charging production vehicles and now we have a head to head between them at the same station.

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Audi e-tron Stories June 10, 2019

Audi has started a voluntary recall of its e-tron electric SUV in the US after some vehicles experienced a problem with a seal on the battery pack that could lead to moisture leaking into it and causing a short circuit or even a fire.

No incident has happened yet, but Audi detected the issue on five vehicles and they are not taking any risks. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories May 28, 2019

Electric vehicles all have an incredible efficiency advantage of fossil fuel vehicles, but now that more all-electric vehicles are hitting the road, we are also starting to see great efficiency differences between EV models.

Tesla is showing its dominance on that front in a new extensive test at high speed against the Hyundai Kona EV and Audi e-tron. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories May 22, 2019

The Audi e-tron electric SUV, the German automaker’s first all-electric vehicle built to be electric from the ground up, received a 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.

You can read their full report and watch the crash test video here. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories April 18, 2019

Audi has reportedly reduced its planned production for the e-tron electric SUV due to a battery shortage, according to a report coming out of Belgium, where the vehicle is being produced. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories April 10, 2019

As Audi is bringing its all-electric e-tron SUV to the US, the German automaker is launching a new ad campaign that they claim will “debunk misconceptions” about electric vehicles. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories April 4, 2019

Audi announced today that the e-tron, the automaker’s first next-generation electric vehicle, is finally going to arrive in the US in May. At the same time, the electric SUV received its EPA rating: 204 miles. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories February 21, 2019

With new premium electric SUVs hitting the market, Tesla is seeing some competition, but that competition is also highlighting Tesla’s incredible lead when it comes to efficiency.

Now a third-party range test against Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace is confirming that the rest of the industry is behind when it comes to efficiency. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories February 19, 2019

In order to showcase the traction of its new electric vehicle, Audi has climbed the “Mausefalle” on the legendary “Streif” with a modified e-tron SUV – conquering an 85% gradient icy slope in an impressive video. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories February 14, 2019

Audi announced that “more than 20,000 customers worldwide have already made advance reservations” for the e-tron, its new all-electric SUV – though most of them still have to wait a few months before delivery. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories February 1, 2019

Audi has released the commercial it plans to air during the Superbowl, which is the first of its kind for being focused on electric vehicles.

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With the e-tron electric SUV now hitting some European markets, Audi is unveiling its charging pricing structure for owners of the vehicle to be able to charge within cities and when on the road. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories December 30, 2018

With every year, buyers have more all-electric vehicle options and 2019 is not going to be an exception.

Here are the new all-electric vehicles coming in 2019. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories December 18, 2018

Despite being a little late to market due to “software issues”, Audi’s e-tron electric SUV is likely going to be the passenger electric vehicle with the fastest charge rate on the market – at least for the first half of 2019.

It has now been spotted charging at 155 kW and it maintained a high charge rate for an impressive part of the session. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories October 22, 2018

Audi has confirmed that its e-tron electric SUV has been delayed by about 4 weeks due to a software change. In the meantime, LG Chem is reportedly trying to increase the price of the vehicle’s batteries. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories October 11, 2018

Norway keeps impressing the world with its fast pace electric vehicle adoption, but what is most impressing is that they are doing it with relatively few options.

Automakers are now turning to the market to introduce new EVs early with pre-orders. The country now has reportedly over 30,000 electric vehicles on pre-orders. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories September 24, 2018

Audi has put a lot of money behind the launch of its first next-gen electric vehicle, the e-tron, but its dealerships won’t have to invest as much.

The German automaker confirmed that its U.S. dealers won’t keep the electric e-tron SUV in inventory. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories September 19, 2018

Amazon sells pretty much everything and it already sells electric car home chargers, but now the company also wants to get involved in the installation process with a full “turn-key” solution – starting with the Audi e-tron quattro. expand full story

Audi e-tron Stories September 18, 2018

One of the most disappointing thing about the launch of the e-tron yesterday was that Audi is not making it immediately available despite announcing the start of production earlier this month.

Instead, Audi is following Tesla with the reservation model that requires a $1,000 refundable deposit.

With a reservation, you at least get to see all the options and pricing information in the online configurator. expand full story

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