An affordable alternative to Audi’s electric vehicle flagship, the e-tron 50 gets a smaller battery, marginally less power and a shorter driving range. And it is sure to be priced cheaper as well.
We got a glimpse of Audi’s first electric SUV, e-tron last month. According to the company’s current nomenclature, the e-tron was first given the 55 suffix, but now the company has revealed a new variant of the e-tron with a smaller battery and less power, and it will wear the 50 badge.
Powered by a 71kWh battery pack, this one has two electric motors just like the flagship e-tron 55 – one for each axle. This ‘entry level’ e-tron has a driving range of 300km as per the WLTP test conditions. Although it has a smaller battery, there isn’t a substantial difference in the power that the e-tron 50 makes. While the e-tron 55 pushes out 356bhp to all four wheels, the e-tron 50 develops 304bhp. Torque rating stands at 540Nm instead of the 664Nm. Audi claims that the e-tron 50 can do the 0-100km/h dash in 7 seconds flat and can record a top-speed of 190km/h. Just like the more powerful electric SUV, the e-tron 50 also gives priority to the rear motor especially during deceleration.
As far as charging is concerned, the e-tron 50 can get 80 percent of its charge in just 30 minutes at fast charging stations. For charging the car at home, the car comes with a compact charging station as standard.
Audi hasn’t announced the price of the e-tron 50 as yet, but it is sure to be cheaper than the flagship e-tron 55. The e-tron 50 will go into production by the end of 2019 and will be launched in the UK sometime in 2020. There are rumours of Audi also working on more variants of the e-tron with a shorter range and affordable price tag.