Audi India has introduced a new 'Charge my Audi' feature on its myAudiConnect application. The feature basically acts as a one-stop destination that helps connect Audi e-tron customers to multiple electric vehicle charging partners through a single app. With this initiative, the company intends to provide e-tron owners a more convenient option to identify charging terminals around them, check the availability of charging terminals, monitor the real-time charging status, start and stop charging their EVs, and pay for the facility using one single payment gateway. In addition, the luxury car maker also allows e-tron customers to enjoy complimentary EV charging across the network until August 2023.
The 'Charge my Audi' feature eliminates the need for e-tron owners to download multiple applications in order to charge their electric vehicles. The 'myAudiConnect', which also handles automated identification and billing procedures simultaneously, is claimed to allow users to initiate an EV charging session directly. The application as of now offers 5 charging solution providers, including Aargo EV Smart, Charge Zone, Relux Electric, LionCharge, and Zeon Charging.
And, over 750 charge points are currently available for Audi e-tron owners on Charge my Audi, with the company planning to add more over the coming months. In the Indian market, the brand's EV lineup includes the e-tron 50, e-tron 55, e-tron Sportback 55, e-tron GT, and the RS e-tron GT, with Audi planning to launch the new Q8 e-tron in India later this year.
Audi e-tron Electric Crossover SUV
The e-tron is the company's first-ever all-electric mass-production car. It was supposed to be launched in India in 2019, but the launch was deferred by nearly two years. It is an electric crossover SUV, which made its India debut in three variants: the e-tron 50, the e-tron 55, and the e-tron Sportback 55. The SUV has a claimed range of up to 484 kilometre. All its variants come equipped with permanent all-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension, four-zone climate control, and a panoramic sunroof.
In addition, the electric SUV gets digital matrix LED headlamps with animated projections, 16 speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D surround sound system, an air quality package with an air ionizer, and a fragrance dispenser.
Hyundai & Shell Partner to Install DC Fast Chargers
In order to promote the adoption of electric vehicles, several EV charging infrastructure and solution providers are expanding their network in India. One such example is that of the collaboration between Hyundai Motor India and Shell India Markets Private Limited. Recently, they signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to enhance the end-to-end EV (electric vehicle) charging infrastructure in India and help encourage more people to switch to EVs. As part of the agreement, 60kW DC fast chargers will be installed at 36 of Hyundai's EV dealerships in India.