Audi has released details of its production model e-tron SUV, claiming it will be the first car on the market to offer charging rates of up to 150Kw.
The HPC method can replenish the 95kWh battery in as little as 30 minutes. By the end of the year, Audi claims there will be 200 HPC stations across Europe.
Scheduled for launch later this year, the e-Tron will offer 400km range, according to Audi. The standard mobile charging system allows for up to 2.3kW of charging using a 230V household outlet, and up to 11kW when hooked up to a 400V three-phase connection. With the latter, the e-tron will fully charge in around 8.5 hours.
An optional charging system doubles the charge power to 22kW. Together with a home energy management system, the connect charging system also offers intelligent charging functions where customers can define their own personal priorities, such as charging when electricity is less expensive. If the home is equipped with a photovoltaic system, the car can be charged preferentially using the electricity generated by the system, and charging even considers forecast phases of sunshine.
The myAudi app can be used to plan, control and monitor the charging and pre-heating/-cooling. Customers can set a departure time so that the Audi e-tron prototype is charged and/or heated/cooled at the desired time. The app also displays charging and driving data.