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Audi has continued its electric offensive in LA with the introduction of its second e-tron model, set for the global market.

Watch our interviews with Marc Lichte, Audi’s Head of Design and Stephan Berlitz, Audi’s Head of Light and Innovation.

The Audi e-tron Sportback is a dynamic SUV coupé offering up to 300 kW of power and a range of up to 448 kilometers (278.4 miles) from a single battery charge. This means that, despite being an SUV, it certainly has the performance credentials. 

Looking at the performance figures, the e-tron takes just 6.6 seconds to reach 100 km/h (62.1 mph), and its top speed is electronically limited to 200 km/h (124.3 mph). However, in ‘boost mode’, the EV can generate 300 kW of output and 664 Nm (489.7 lb-ft) of torque for eight seconds. This enables the SUV coupé to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in an impressive 5.7 seconds. 

Audi E Tron Sportback 55 Quattro

On long-distance routes, the Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro can charge with direct current (DC) at up to 150 kW at fast-charging stations. In just under half an hour, the battery reaches 80% of its capacity—sufficient for the next leg of its long-distance trip. The e-tron Sportback 50 quattro can charge at up to 120 kW and achieves an identical charge status in the same time.
Charging at public AC charging stations can be performed using a standard mode-3 cable. Up to 11 kW of power is available here, which can be increased to 22 kW with an optional second on-board charging device that will be available in summer 2020. Audi’s own charging service, the e-tron Charging Service, provides easy access to more than 110,000 public charging points in 21 European countries.
Whether AC or DC, 11 or 150 kW—a single card is all that is required to start the process. The Plug & Charge function, which is also due to follow in 2020, will make charging even more convenient: The car authorises itself at the charging station and activates it.

In addition, the new EV sports innovative digital matrix LED headlights – another world first from the German automaker. Through this, light is broken down into tiny pixels and can be controlled with, as Audi says, “exceptional precision.” This makes safe lane-centering easier on narrow stretches of road and shows the position of the vehicle in the lane.

With the help of electrostatic fields, each individual micromirror can be tilted up to 5,000 times per second. Depending on the setting, the LED light is either directed via the lenses onto the road or is swallowed by an absorber in order to mask out areas of the light beam.

Audi E Tron Sportback 55 Quattro

The Audi e-tron Sportback can be ordered as of the end of November. Market introduction in Europe is scheduled for the spring of 2020.

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