Audi launched the E-tron with a 190-mile variant, representing a savings of more than £ 7,000
The new E-tron 50 is cheaper and lighter than Audi’s flagship electric SUV
The new model is available from £59,900 including the government’s £3500 EV grant, which represents a saving of £7445 over cheapest variant of the existing E-tron 55.
E-tron 50 will be available in four trim levels. Prices will rise to £ 72,700 for the highly-designated Launch version, marked from the rest of the range with Audi Sport’s black trim elements and 21-inch alloy wheels.
The new variant weighs roughly 120kg less than the 2565kg E-tron 55, primarily as a result of its smaller battery pack. The car is available for ordering in the UK.
The E-tron 50’s 71kWh pack – likely to be the lowest-capacity battery Audi will offer in the E-tron – enables it to achieve a range of up to 190 miles on the WLTP test cycle. That’s 51 miles fewer than the 95kWh E-tron 55. The E-tron 50 has a 0-62mph time of 7.0sec and an electronically limited top speed of 118mph.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC, has a WLTP-certified range of 259 miles in its standard 400 form. A future lower-spec variant could be expected to offer less than 200 miles. While the E-tron 55 is compatible with 150kW chargers, the E-tron 50 can only accept up to 120kW. It can still, however, be charged to 80% in approximately half an hour at a rapid-charging station.
Compared to E-tron 55, E-tron 50 is also less powerful. The vehicle is equipped with a double engine setup. However, maximum power is reduced from 402bhp to 308bhp and maximum torque is reduced from 490lb ft to 398lb ft.
Regenerative braking technology recuperates energy in more than 90% of brake applications, working alongside an electrohydraulic brake assistance system that activates when braking force exceeds 0.3g. Audi says this “results in short braking distances in all situations”.
In addition to Audi, Tesla and Volkswagen ID 3 also offer a range of battery sizes across its new range of electric vehicles. Volkswagen will launch the Volkswagen ID 3 later this year. It will be offered with three different packages with ranges ranging from 205 miles in the entry-level model to 342 miles at the top of the line-up.