Audi e-tron: Premium German Electric SUV

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The premium German brand with the four rings logo presented its first electric car two years ago: the Audi e-tron.اضافة اعلان

This Mid-size SUV combines sportiness with everyday ease of use, as it comes equipped with an advanced electric power train that delivers impressive performance and German-style handling in all driving conditions.

The Audi e-tron embodies the basic concept that Audi relies on in its designs, adding distinctive touches that combine creativity and elegance in preparation for the entry of the era of electric cars.

Like the German brand's SUV models, the octagonal single frame grille with vertical beams also stands at the front of the Audi e-tron, emphasizing the identity of the all-electric vehicle.

At the lower edge of the Matrix LED headlights are four horizontal light bars that give the e-tron a unique look when the daytime running lights are on. The expressive design of the sill area with black trim highlights the position of the battery and power center of the Audi e-tron.

At the rear, the wide diffuser is adorned with decorative strips to highlight the car's absence of exhaust pipes, the e-tron logo on the charging hatch cover and, optionally, on the brake calipers, in bright orange.

The improved aerodynamics is an important factor in the outstanding efficiency of the Audi e-tron. One highlight of the concept car is the virtual exterior mirrors — a novel technology, featuring a small camera built into each of the side mirror bases, where the images taken are projected onto a high-contrast OLED screen inside the vehicle doors.

The spacious and luxurious interior is adorned with these different color touches to create the flare that embodies performance, intelligence and brightness. The wide cockpit, with its curved lines integrated with virtual outside mirrors, harmoniously extends from the integrated instrument panel all the way to the door edges.

The entire cockpit takes into account the complete comfort of the driver, with two large screens with MMI touch-screen feature, positioned diagonally in the direction of the driver. These two screens replace all traditional keys and controls.

Many functions can also be controlled by voice control system, in addition to "Alexa" voice assistant from Amazon, with the standard Audi virtual cockpit, the driver can choose between two displays that clearly display high-resolution graphics. The optional Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus comes with a third screen to control the electric drive system.

The Audi e-tron comes with relatively large dimensions for a mid-size SUV, with a length of 4,901mm, a width of 1,935mm, and a height of 1,616mm, within the size range of the mid-size models of the German brand. Standing on a wheelbase of 2,928mm.

The Audi e-tron provides ample seating for five passengers, and good luggage space, at a total capacity of 660 liters, making it ideal for long-distance voyages, within its electrical range of course.

In Jordan, the e-tron arrived with the entry-level version; the e-tron 50 quattro, which also has an electric motor at the front and rear axles. With a combined total of 307HP and 540Nm of torque, the electric SUV accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 7.0 seconds, with top speed electronically limited at 190km/h.

To achieve the highest efficiency, only the rear electric motor is active in most driving situations, while the front electric motor is activated when needed. The management of the electric all-wheel drive is extremely fast, highly connected and very precise. In combination with modern suspension components including air suspension and the low vehicle center of gravity, it provides excellent dynamics and stability.

The battery unit of the Audi e-tron 50 quattro base model comes with a 71kWh battery, delivering a range of more than 300 kilometers as per the WLTP cycle range standard. The combination of the drivetrain and the high-voltage system, the lower gross weight, which also reduces running resistance, and the efficient thermal management system with its standard thermal pump.

This system regulates the temperature of the interior as well as the battery and cools the electric motors, the power electronics and the charger. All of these elements work together to ensure that the high-voltage components enjoy a long service life and enables fast charging with direct current (DC).

The e-tron can charge with up to 120kW at high-power charging stations where available. Alternatively, the battery can be charged with alternating current (AC chargers) at a charging capacity of 11kW, taking about seven hours, while a faster on-board charging device that allows charging using up to 22kW at AC stations is also available.

For home charging, the e-tron comes standard with the compact mobile charging system, which supports a charging capacity of up to 11kW.

The e-tron comes with another smart energy saving feature: the recuperation of energy feature via its two electric motors, mainly using the rear motor, operating at 90 percent of all decelerations of the car. The energy from normal braking maneuvers is fully recovered and fed into the battery.

This wheel-braking system relies on electrohydraulic actuators that are activated only when deceleration is more than 0.3g. This also helps in shorting braking distance.

The first fully electrical SUV from Audi is an EV with a distinct German character.

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