New Audi e-tron 50 quattro confirmed for series production

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Audi has announced that a second version of the e-tron, which serves as an entry-level range model, has been confirmed for series production.

The e-tron 50 quattro will join the existing e-tron 55 quattro model, and will feature a 71kWh battery and two electric motors. The new model will offer a range of up to 186 miles (299km) on the WLTP test cycle, and will include 120kW charging capability, facilitating recharging to 80% capacity in around 30 minutes at fast-charging stations.

The car will be built at the carbon-neutral Audi Brussels plant and, like it’s forerunners, will feature e-quattro all-wheel drive delivered by an electric motor mounted on each axle – in this application, these generate a combined total of 230kW (313ps) and 540Nm of torque, and will power the electric SUV from 0-100km/h in 7.0 seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 118mph (190km/h). Only the rear electric motor is active in most driving situations, while the front electric motor is activated predictively when needed.

The battery unit of the Audi e-tron 50 quattro comprises 324 prismatic cells combined in 27 modules. These store up to 71kWh of energy, which is delivered via a newly calibrated drivetrain and a high-voltage system featuring additional optimizations for the new application.

Like the more powerful version of the electric SUV, the Audi e-tron 50 quattro also recuperates energy via its two electric motors, with priority given to the rear motor, during more than 90% of all deceleration actions. The newly developed wheel brake system with electrohydraulic actuation is activated only when the force of deceleration exceeds 0.3g.

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Matt joined UKi Media & Events in 2014 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he has been an editor since 2015, and began editing Tire Technology International in 2018. In 2020, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Tire, Professional Motorsport World, Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International and Crash test Technology International.

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