From the e-tron connect app to the future option of rapid charging, Audi offers its customers convenient ways of enjoying electric mobility. The brand with the four rings is successively expanding its range of e-tron systems.
One of the offerings already on the market is the Audi A3 e-tron connect app. Customers can use it on their smartphone or via the Audi web portal to call up data on the vehicle status – such as level of charge, electric range and location – along with statistical information on past trips.
With the “Audi connect security & convenience” package and the special Audi connect e-tron services, other important vehicle functions can be controlled remotely via the Audi MMI connect app. These include locking and unlocking, the optional auxiliary heating, and charging. On the Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro*, these services are integrated into the Audi MMI connect app.
German e-tron customers can choose renewable energy for the power supplied to the charging point in their garage at home. Audi offers this power in partnership with the energy provider Lichtblick. It comes one hundred percent from hydroelectric power stations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. When charged with green power, the plug-in hybrid models then run with zero emissions when in electric mode. There are similar arrangements available through local partners in many export markets.
Audi offers an individual installation service if desired: An electrical engineer will inspect the domestic electrics, make any necessary modifications and fit an industrial power socket to enable the car to be charged at maximum power. The customer can also choose to have a charging dock fitted. This box, mounted on the wall, is a convenient way to store the charging plug. Fully charging both the A3 Sportback e-tron* and the Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro takes around two and a half hours. The 17.3 kWh battery of the SUV has twice the capacity of that of the premium compact model, but it also achieves double the charging power.
Since January 2015, Audi and Volkswagen car customers have been able to fill up on power and fuel throughout Germany with the “Charge&Fuel Card”. This card gives access to over 10,800 gas stations and 1,200 public charging stations nationwide run by the charging pillar operators Ladenetz, RWE and EnBW – and the network is due to expand rapidly in 2016. The card is issued by Audi Financial Services and can be obtained from any e-tron Audi partner.
Drivers of business vehicles in particular will appreciate the convenience of a one-stop system for settling expenses and the attractive, clear tariffs. Until the end of 2015 customers can charge their car at no cost; thereafter, one kilowatt hour of energy will cost around 26.4 cents for the A3 Sportback e-tron* (95 cents per hour’s charging a battery with 3.6 kW capacity). There are no card fees.
Quick, convenient and clean charging will remain a key feature of the e-tron range of systems. Audi is making advances on all fronts: with plans for wireless AC inductive charging (Audi wireless charging, AWC), with AC charging at up to 22 kW and with rapid DC charging.
The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.