Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

NOV-DEC 2018

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A bold step in Audi's commitment to achieving approximately 30 percent of US sales from electric vehicles by 2025, the German automaker formally introduced its first fully electric production model—the e-tron—in San Francisco this past September. e e-tron will be the first of three battery-electric vehicles the company plans to debut by 2020 A new concept with a familiar face, the e-tron is unmistakably Audi in its appearance, which will likely help in wooing on-the- fence electric buyers. Measuring 193-inches long and a touch over 76-inches wide, the five-passenger, performance-oriented SUV is only slightly smaller than Audi's latest Q8 flagship SUV. e all-wheel drive e-tron is powered by two electric motors capable of accelerating the vehicle from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds and on to a respectable top speed of 124 mph. e rear motor handles most of the driving, but Audi reports that the front axle can be engaged in a fraction of a second to achieve optimum traction and directional stability in a variety of driving conditions. Seven driving modes are available via the Drive Select system. Depending on road speed and driving style, the suspension adjusts the body's ride height by up to 3 inches. An innovative recuperation system encompassing both motors boosts efficiency when coasting and breaking; Audi engineers estimate that this system is responsible for as much as 30 percent of the e-tron's range. The driver has the ability to select the degree of energy recovery in three stages by means of paddles on the steering wheel. US range estimates weren't available at press time, although Audi's European testing reported a range of approximately 249 miles. e e-tron is engineered for both AC and DC charging. In an industry first to-date, the e-tron has announced a DC fast charging AUDI ELECTR IFIED Unveiled in combination with a comprehensive range of available charging solutions for home and away, the spacious five-seater Audi e-tron offers fully electric driving without compromise. Written by Andre James / Photos courtesy of Audi 58

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