Audi has performed a long-distance run to prove the endurance capabilities of the e-tron, its new fully electric SUV, by driving through ten countries in 24 hours.
The 994-mile route stretched from Lake Bled in Slovenia to Amsterdam, Netherlands, and passed through Austria, Italy, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium.
It was completed by three Audi e-tron 55 quatro models, each with three journalists onboard to share driving duties.
“Our electric SUV is an excellent long-distance car because it perfectly combines a high degree of ride comfort, performance and efficiency,” said Audi board member for technical development Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler.
“On the journalists’ tour we’ve also shown that, apart from the range itself, fast-charging capability with 150 kW is crucially important.”
The e-tron is capable of fast-charging to 80 percent capacity in under 30 minutes, while it maintaining a long battery service life due to complex thermal management.
The cars made recharging stops seven times throughout the 1000-mile journey, in Kärnten, South Tyrol, Vorarlberg, Zurich, in the Breisgau, in the Eifel and near Liege.
It produces a maximum power output of 300 kW, all of which was used on uphill sections in the Alps, while recovering up to 220 kW of power under braking and in downhill sections.