Audi Claims e-Tron Is World’s First Series-Produced Car To Charge At 150 kW

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SEP 12 2018 BY DOMENICK YONEY 41

Charging Service will bring charges across networks to one monthly bill

When the production version of the Audi E-tron officially makes its debut next week, it will be the fastest yet. Not in terms of 0-to-60 times, of course, but in terms of charging speed. Its closest competitor in that area, Tesla, limits charging to a maximum of 120 kW, even though some of its stations may be capable of 145 kW. The new all-electric German crossover? Well, it can take a zap of 150 kW.

Charging is a critical part of the electric vehicle ownership, and Audi is taking it quite seriously, offering a holistic approach it calls Audi e-tron Charging Service. The approach gives owners in Europe access to 72,000 charging points (and growing) from a variety of providers, including the Ionity network (400 stations by 2020!). Regardless of network or charging speed, however, it’s all handled by a single card. To set it up, the company says you just need to visit the myAudi portal and “take out an individual charging contract.

This takes all the assorted billings from various stations and networks and hands them to you in a single total at the end of the month. Also through the portal, one can look over their charging history, billing, and manage their contract.

Although, the car is being launched in San Francisco, California, the press release containing all the details (below) does not mention charging on these shores. While we imagine they will attempt a similar approach here, we are pretty certain that the E-tron will be able to take full advantage of its remarkable charging abilities while using the Electrify America network. While it only has a dozen locations open currently (no pun intended), according to its website hundreds more are coming.

The Audi E-tron has a WLTP range of 248 miles, so we expect it will receive an EPA figure of around 225 miles. Though its production trim is to be revealed next week, the automaker gave us a nice tease of what to expect today.

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Mobility without boundaries: Audi e-tron Charging Service completes range of charging options

The e-tron marks the dawning of a new era for Audi. The brand with the four rings is being transformed from a classic automotive manufacturer into a premium mobility systems supplier. The Audi e-tron Charging Service will be part of a broad-based offering for charging and provides Europe-wide access to the public charging infrastructure. Audi’s proprietary charging card brings together over 72,000 charging points operated by 220 providers, for unlimited, trouble-free electric mobility.

Audi has put an end to fears over the car’s range. One key factor, alongside giving the Audi e-tron a sufficient range for everyday driving, is a broad-based choice of charging options, whether at home or out and about. Drivers who charge their e-tron overnight and set off the next morning with a full battery don’t have to worry about stopping at a charging station during their normal daily drive. The range of more than 400 kilometers (248.5 mi) in the realistic WLTP cycle enables electric driving without compromise. For longer distances, Audi offers a smart solution in the shape of the e-tron Charging Service, which handles the charging process swiftly and simply.

“The e-tron Charging Service builds confidence in our electric initiative. Following on from the Audi e-tron, in 2019 the Audi e-tron Sportback will be the second electric car to go on sale, followed in 2020 by the Audi e-tron GT from Audi Sport. We already have the right answers to many of the questions and concerns regarding charging,” remarked Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development.

Easy: barrier-free access with a single contract
Through its new charging service, Audi provides all e-tron customers and therefore also owners of plug-in models with access to around 80 percent of all public charging stations in Europe. At market launch there are already over 72,000 charging points available in 16 EU countries, with a further eight markets in Eastern Europe due to follow in a few months’ time. Billing is handled centrally under a single contract, with standard, clear pricing models.

The service could not be easier to use: Whether AC or DC, 11 kW or 150 kW – just one card, the e-tron Charging Service Card, is all customers need to start the charging process. Many charging stations can also be activated by scanning a QR code with a smartphone. Customers complete a one-time registration for the service in the myAudi portal and take out an individual charging contract. All charging processes are automatically billed together at the end of the month. Customers can use the myAudi portal to view their current charging history at any time, review their current bills and manage their contract.

“With the e-tron Charging Service, we are actually offering a premium charging service ahead of the Audi e-tron’s market introduction. The product is tailored to the needs of our customers. We will be steadily expanding the service hand in hand with our strong partner Digital Charging Solutions,” commented Fermin Soneira, Head of Product Marketing at Audi.

Trendsetting: route planning by app
Longer journeys with stops for charging are just as straightforward as charging itself. They can be planned either ahead of time in the myAudi app or directly in the car. In both cases the customer is shown the appropriate route with the required charging points. The navigation system considers not only the battery’s charge but also the traffic situation, and includes the required charging time in its arrival time calculation. The system includes the locations throughout Europe of DC charging stations, at which the Audi e-tron can be charged with direct current, as well as most AC stations for charging with alternating current. Charging planning is continuously updated to the prevailing conditions. For example, an alternative suggestion is made if a targeted DC quick-charging station can no longer be reached. Charge planning is synchronized seamlessly between the display in the car and in the myAudi smartphone app. During an active charge process, it displays the charging time remaining and the battery’s current charge status. Customers can also opt to receive push notifications as soon as they can continue their journey. Advance climate control can equally be managed with the app.

Convenient: plug & charge
From 2019 onward, charging will be even more convenient for Audi customers. This is when the plug & charge function will be introduced. It enables the Audi e-tron to authenticate itself at charging stations via state-of-the-art cryptographic procedures, after which it is authorized – a card will no longer be necessary. All Audi e-tron models rolling off the assembly line from mid-2019 will support this function as standard. Customers can also use plug & charge privately to unlock their connect charging system. This then eliminates the need to enter a PIN to protect against unauthorized use.

Quick: charging at up to 150 kW
For lengthy trips – driving to a holiday destination, for instance – a quick-charging facility is essential. That is why the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche, the BMW Group, Daimler AG and the Ford Motor Company have founded the joint venture Ionity. The Audi e-tron is the first series-production model capable of charging with up to 150 kW at Ionity’s high-output DC charging stations. This means it is all set for the next long-distance stretch of a journey in approximately half an hour. The e-tron Charging Service covers Ionity’s quick-charging network, which is undergoing gradual expansion and will already comprise 400 stations by 2020. It will supply cars mainly with eco-electricity. In addition, further quick-charging stations from other providers complete the e-tron Charging Service range along the whole long-distance route.

Versatile: all-round charging solution including at home
Audi offers various solutions for charging in the garage at home: The standard compact mobile charging system can be used with either a 230 volt household outlet or a 400 volt three-phase outlet. The optional connect charging system doubles the charging power to as much as 22 kW. The second on-board charger required for this will be available as an option at some point in 2019.

In conjunction with a compatible home energy management system, it offers intelligent functions such as charging when electricity is less expensive or with on-site solar power if there is a photovoltaic system on the roof. In addition, in selected markets Audi will provide green electricity offerings for charging at home in collaboration with local energy suppliers.

Helpful: Audi Mobility Check
Customers buying an Audi e-tron can check online which options are available in their garage using the Audi Mobility Check on the Audi homepage. This will provide an initial assessment of whether a house’s electrical system is suitable for charging. Home Check provides customers with even more information. In selected markets, the local Audi dealer searches a vast network for a qualified electrician who will investigate the home charging options and even install the necessary technology, if desired.

 

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41 Comments on "Audi Claims e-Tron Is World’s First Series-Produced Car To Charge At 150 kW"

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Johan M

The CDS card Audi will use is really smart. CDS is owned by BMW/ChargeNow and might become a standard for all European manufacturers. iX3 should definitely come with the same.

F150 Brian

Exactly. This is what needs to happen across the globe, not manufacturer dedicated systems:

“The approach gives owners in Europe access to 72,000 charging points (and growing) from a variety of providers, including the Ionity network (400 stations by 2020!). Regardless of network or charging speed, however, it’s all handled by a single card. ”

For the Tesla fanbois who are ready to push the thumbs down button, keep in mind that Tesla could have setup a subsidiary to build a globally accessible charging network and gave Tesla owners a free charging subscription instead of a Tesla branded and constrained network. Tesla needed to fund a charging network because they were pioneers, but they did not need to make a Tesla charging network.

Johan M

Wow, one of them even voted down my post, how can this be a negative thing lol. I thought those fans mainly stayed on electrek…

Speculawyer

When Tesla designed their Supercharger system there was no SAE-CCS standard & the Chademo system was klunky & limited to 50KW. So they had pretty much no choice but to go it alone.

Speculawyer

“keep in mind that Tesla could have setup a subsidiary to build a globally accessible charging network and gave Tesla owners a free charging subscription instead of a Tesla branded and constrained network.”

Tesla has said that they are open to licensing others to use their network. But who knows what their terms are?

And you’re crazy if you think a small money-losing company should have created a charging network for everyone else to use. Their design of and investment into the Supercharger network cost a lot of money and of course they are going to use it for their own advantage. I think the Tesla Supercharger network is of the biggest competitive advantages that they have over every other electric car maker. They took the risk, they spent the money…they get the rewards.

Will

They could have charge us double what the rates are

antrik

Thumbs down for “Tesla fanbois” rhetoric.

Steve

Oh, *yeah*. Leapfrogging Tesla is always half of your job. If you can do that, you’re half-way to success.

Look how much leapfrogging Tesla (to be the first mass market affordable BEV) helped the Chevy Bolt.

It hasn’t been shown how long the Audi keeps 150kW charging for. If it quickly ramps down to 75kW for the main part of the charging session, then b.s.. Tesla could charge faster if it keeps 120kW for longer.

eject

At the Wörthersee car meetup they showed it charging at constant 150kW power from 3 to 81% no ramp up and down. The comments from the FastNed charging network CEO also suggest that the camouflaged cars charge at full power for extended periods.

jim stack

and how fast does it charge after 80 % ?
and where are all the nationwide Fast chargers? (still coming from ElectrifyAmerica.com)

quote= The range of more than 400 kilometers (248.5 mi)

buu

it really doesn’t matter how fast after 80%, all charge slowly, basically after ~70% on most cars it’s better to go to next DC charger unless you reach your destination where you’ll charge at AC

antrik

Well, it does matter at which point the charge slows down so much that you better be on your way…

Mark.ca

“and how fast does it charge after 80 % ?”
Irrelevant! With a big battery what happens after 80% is truly irrelevant.

antrik

You mean first *long-range* affordable BEV. There were more affordable BEVs before the Bolt.

Speculawyer

Nice to see a traditional automaker move the ball forward. 150KW will make long trips easier. I hope everyone else ups their game and chargers that can actually provide 150KW are installed. (I believe Tesla has a SuperCharger 3.0 announcement lined up.)

pjwood1

On balance with where the 150KW chargers are located, the difference above 118KW may be small. It can be useful to buy an EV based upon maps, and where you plan to take it. Especially if the range is lower.

Speculawyer

Oh, but it is a big jump over the 54KW so maximum that the Chevy Bolt can handle. And Fiat-Chrysler still hasn’t even bothered to put ANY fast-charger port in their Fiat 500e because they would have to redesign the body panel to have a larger door opening.

pjwood1

It’s good it looks like Audi is gearing up, but in order to claim you can charge at 150KW you have to have the car.

Andy

This car is more a reality than the Model Y and Tesla Pickup, it’s going on sale this year and has been testing on public roads for months.

John-EU

This is the same company that claims diesel was, is and will be clean. So I am not impressed at all.

ffbj

are they part of the VW group too.

Speculawyer

Yes. VAG = Volkswagen Group sells passenger cars under the Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, SEAT, Škoda and Volkswagen brands.

Dany

Today when some manufacturer comes along with a Car, all the eco conscious people say yeah, except the ICE car fan and the Tesla ones. You would have believe the tesla fan would have been pro electric cars.

Hauer

Fine. But we still need real life ranges to judge the whole packet.
IIRC cw=0.28, that is almost the same as on my 1994 Volvo 850 (0.29) nack then when 5cyl sounded better than none.

Benedictus

These are the figures I have expected and hoped for. This needs to trickle down to the Volkswagen / Seat / Skoda electrified cars.

Normal hatchback + 60 kWh usable capacity + 150 kW charging would be great for an electric car and fine to live with 100% of the time. We need the ICE killer electric Golf / Corolla / 308 / Quashqai / Megane / Leon / Octavia / Sportage to go main stream. Fast charging with decent range is the only thing standing in the way.

Tesla, Hyundai/Kia and now Audi are showing the way forward. Plenty range + fast charging = ICE KILLER.

I’m no Audi fan, but I am a fan of EV tech that can make a difference. If Audi does it, good for them. Please produce as much as you can sell.

BTW: I hope they bring 3 phase charging for 11 or 22 kW “slow” charging. That is key for charging this big battery overnight at home or during shopping.

Benedictus

I see 3 phase is coming. Good stuff.

Bill Howland

States in the description the ‘standard’ car is 11 kw, with 22 kw as a somewhat later option. So if Europeans have 16 amps available from their 3 phase outlet, they’ll charge 1.5X what the Mercedes will at 32 amperes, or, if limited to 16 amperes by their country’s imbalance policy, they’ll charge 3 times as fast with the Standard arrangement.

It will be interesting to see the home charging scheme they select for North America – whether the plain jane 7.2 kw or providing a 48 ampere facility (using, as a for instance, a ClipperCreek HCS-60 Wallbox) for around 11 kw. Convenient for me, since with 2 cars, that would be about what my garage could currently handle. In other words, can the 3×16 be configured as 1×48 since car battery charging does not require DC smoothing.

antrik

No DC smoothing? How do you achieve the required constant voltage without smoothing?…

Bill Howland

Batteries have been doing it for 130 years. They are their own smoothing. You must have never used a battery charger before – or had a volt meter available when you are using one. The battery chargers Garages use in North America are (since about the year 1920) – single phase AC, and have a pulsating DC output.

Modern day, all the ‘Level 2’ chargers in GM products turn on and off 120 times (100 times in Europe) per second.

The small capacitor in the unit is only to filter inductor ‘flyback’ ripple – no attempt is made to make the output ‘pure DC’ – that happens intrinsically at the battery since the battery is much larger than 8.33 milliseconds of Charge pushed into the battery 120 times per second.

Bill Howland

Perhaps putting some numbers on it will help:

The BOLT ev has a DOE listed capacity of 57 kwh, but for all practical purposes when only a few years old the battery will be able to release a full 60 kwh which is 60,000 watt hours or 216,000,000 Joules. Assuming a typical charge rate of 7.2 kw, that is 7200 Joules per second or 60 Joules per 8.33 millisecond “Charge Burst”.

Hopefully it is obvious that 60 joules FORCED into something that can hold 216,000,000 Joules (actually more than this when discharge losses are factored in, but assume 100% efficiency for sake of argument here) won’t raise the voltage on the battery much over a perfectly smooth 60 joules/8.33 ms dc charging.

Some ‘Big Experts’ here have claimed that 7200 watt charging of the BOLT ev couldn’t possibly be a ‘trickle charge’. I counter that claim by saying 7200 joules per second into something holding over 216 million joules ultimately ain’t that big a deal.

Quebec 100% EV

Agreed regarding Tesla, but this Audi will barely get 220 miles EPA range. And hyundai Kona can only charge at 70kw…..
I think Tesla will keep its crown for a few more years as the only manufacturer with a car that can gain 200 miles in 30 minutes of charging AND have a range of over 300 miles.

Andy

While true, none of the Model X’s have a range over 300 miles. You have to go down to a different style of vehicle to do that (an sedan).

Quebec 100% EV

The Audi Etron cannot be compared to model X in terms of size it’s a model Y competitor and I guarantee you the model Y will do 300 miles, for way less than $80k USD.

Andy

Sure, but the Model Y is several years down the road. The E-Tron is now, and the closest Tesla competitor is the X – an SUV/CUV vs an SUV/CUV. The aerodynamics of an SUV are totally different to the aerodynamics of a sedan, so when discussing range you can’t compare the two.

And if we’re talking about vehicles in 2022 then we should include the 400 mile iNext and presumably the mid life refreshed E-Tron, and the Ford, and the myriad of other Y competitors we know of, but not completely about.

Doggydogworld

150 kW for 30 minutes gives ~175 miles of range, so 350 mph charging. Model 3 owners report 450+ from 20-50% SOC, then it tapers so you still end up around 175 miles in half an hour. Model X doesn’t gain miles as fast, so the e-tron should beat it on long trips.

Quebec 100% EV

Correct, the model 3 will hold 118kw charging speed through 50% SOC, which actually allows it to yield 200 miles in 30 minutes according to some owners if you arrive at 10% SOC at the supercharger.
But the real difference between the two vehicles is RANGE. Tesla is still the only manufacturer with a car that can gain 200 miles in 30 minutes AND have over 300 miles of range at highway speed.

Ofentse Letsholo

Audi seems prepared on every corner from home charging, super charging to payments to range unlike Mercedes Benz. Anyway all the best, I cannot wait to see them on the street and get feedback about the car and services overall.

Quebec 100% EV

Have they announced US pricing? Last I heard, based on German sticker price, this will likely START at $83,000 USD. And still doesnt have the 310+ mile range that model 3 offers.
This will be 230 miles EPA at best.

Andy

At current exchange rates it’s $76,000 when VAT is considered, which is around the same starting price as the X 75D (depending on delivery fees etc), which has around the same EPA range.

BUT to put it in perspective, the X 75D starts at €96,000 in Germany, so an €80,000 starting price for the E-Tron makes it significantly cheaper. If that price differential stays the same in the US (doubtful, but you never know) the it could be sold in the low-mid $60’s.

Sacrifice a little range, but get better charging speeds, but currently a worse charging network set to change significantly in the next 2-3 years with Electrify America/Ionity, all for potentially €16,000/$19,000 less. And there’s the size difference as well.

It may be a very competitive vehicle, all depending on what you want.

Quebec 100% EV

Charging speed is about the same as what Tesla currently offers (approx. 200 miles in 30 minutes) and supercharger v3 is coming this Fall. At $80k USD for 230 miles EPA range and without a fast charging network, this is not a logical choice. At all.
As for Electrify America it will take years for it to get to the same build out level that the supercharging network currently has already achieved.

Andy

The X is also an $80,000 car with a range of 230 miles, with a lower charging rate per mile. People still buy it in the 10’s of thousands. The fast charger network is provided by Electrify America and the dozens of other providers. It’s not there yet, but by 2020 it will rival Teslas.