The 2020 Audi E-Tron GT Will Charge Twice as Fast as the 2019 E-Tron Quattro
Is there any other automaker slaughtering the competition so aggressively?by Sidd Dhimaan, on
Audi is leaving no stone unturned to make the E-Tron siblings true all-rounders. The latest USP of the E-Tron GT is that it will be the first all-electric vehicle from the Audi stable to support 350-kW charging. This will enable the SUV to charge to 80-percent in less than 12 minutes! Yes, you read it right. This is twice as fast as the E-Tron Quattro.
E-Tron GT Super Fast Charging
Audi is going berserk with ideas and shooting everyone in sight with such advancements. Currently, battery technology is not advanced enough to accommodate the electricity flow rate of 350kW charging, but next-generation batteries such as that expected for the E-tron GT will support it. For now, the Audi E-Tron requires 30 minutes to charge 80-percent using the existing 150 kW chargers.
Audi is already working on the infrastructure so that customers can make use of the 350-kW charging as the vehicles arrive in 2020.
In Europe, Audi is bringing these stations through the Ionity network, which is a collaboration between Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Ford, and a few more. There’s a similar network in the U.S. as well, called Electrify that is building these charging stations at a brisk pace.
E-Tron GT Fast Charing Will Be A Major Driving Force For New Customers
Long charging time and range anxiety are the biggest concern for consumers, and that is one of the major reasons they are skeptical about going for an EV. The average time to refuel a fuel-powered vehicle is seven minutes; this includes paying as well. So, if cars can be charged for even a hundred miles in the same amount of time, it will change people’s perception.
For instance, Porsche claims that Taycan will be capable of adding roughly 250 miles in 15 minutes through 350-kW chargers.
The next couple of years hold key as to how the EV segment shapes out to be.
Audi E-Tron GT will take on the Tesla Model S, Jaguar I-Pace, and even Porsche Taycan in a way. It will be manufactured at Audi’s plant in Neckarsulm, Germany, and is expected to be launched in early 2020. Besides this, the German company is planning to launch ten new electric vehicles by 2025.
If you’re in the market for an electric vehicle, would you go for it now, or would you wait for a couple of years to get the 350-kW compatible vehicles?
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Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Audi E-Tron GT.
Read our full review on the 2020 Audi E-tron Quattro.
Read our full review on the 2015 Audi E-Tron Quattro Concept.