The All-Electric Audi e-tron Sportback: The Complete Guide For Ireland

audi etron sportback
Price: From € 85,110
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Hatchback
Battery size: 95 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 344 - 361 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


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The All-Electric Audi e-tron Sportback


Audi AG, a Bavaria (Germany) based luxury automotive manufacturer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, the Germany automotive group. Volkswagen AG is one of the leading automotive companies in the global electric vehicle (EV) industry. Volkswagen has committed to an investment up to Euro 30 billion by 2023. It aims to sell 3 million electric vehicles by 2025 and launch up to 70 new EV models over the next 10 years.

With the launch of its electric vehicle ID. Family, VW is fast cementing a dominant position is to become the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer by 2028, with the automotive behemoth planning to manufacturer 22 million electric vehicles.  The Audi all-electric e-tron portfolio includes:

The Audi e-tron SUV was unveiled as a concept car in 2015, at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The e-tron battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is the first mass-market zero-emission pure electric vehicle from the German automotive manufacturer. The Sportback version of the electric SUV made its debut in LA (USA) in 2019, at the AutoMobility show.

The key difference between the e-tron SUV and the e-tron Sportback, is the sloping roof at the rear of the electric vehicle (EV). The length and width are the same between the two EVs, however, the e-tron Sportback has a slightly lower height. The all-electric e-tron Sportback is more suitable for consumers seeking a more sporty exterior styling, while the e-tron SUV is more appropriate for consumers keen on interior space and practicality. The rear headroom in the e-tron Sportback is less than the Audi e-tron SUV.

The coupé-SUV pure electric SUV is available in one EV battery size: 95 kWh, with a claimed zero-emission e-range up to 361 km. Though the EV range is decent and suitable for most needs, it is not as impressive as some of the more recent BEV’s, that offer an electric range closer to 500 km.

Also, do keep in mind, that the real-world EV range will be lower than the quoted EV range, impacted by a number of factors, to include: driving profile, weather conditions, road surface, tyre size and more. A real-world emission-free electric range will be closer to 300 km.

It is worth stressing that if the battery is ‘topped up’ on a regular basis, there will always be ample electric range available and charging times will be shorter. Also, a topping up strategy is better for the long-term maintenance of the EV battery. Audi offers a warranty up to 8 years or 160,000 km.

The EV offers DC charging up to 150 kW and can be charged from 5% to 80% in 30 minutes. The EV also offers an 11 kW AC onboard charger. Of course, most homes in Ireland are powered by single-phase and therefore we cannot take advantage of the three-phase onboard charger. Charging the EV at 7.4 kW will take up to 14 hours. For those that have access to 3-phase charging at home or workplace, the EV can be fully charged in 7 hours for the smaller battery and 9 hours 25 minutes for the larger EV battery.

The EV is available in one drivetrain options, the e-tron 55 quattro. Despite the weight of the four-wheel drive electric SUV (2,620 kg), given the onboard EV battery, the performance is impressive. The e-tron 55 can achieve 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds (maximum power: 808 Nm) and a 210 km/h top speed.

In terms of interior quality, equipment and technology, it reflects the premium price tag. As standard, the EV includes, the Audi intelligent MMI Navigation plus high-resolution touch displays and Audi virtual cockpit. There are also a host of driver assistance technologies as standard: 360-degree parking parking sensor, rear-view camera and lane departure warning.

In terms of practicality, given the placement of the EV battery on the floor, the boot space on offer is good (615 L), however, smaller than the SUV. For passengers, the cabin is spacious, though, the headroom is impacted in the rear due to the sloping roofline. Also, impacted is the rear-view visibility.


 PROS CONS
DC charging up to 150 kWCheaper pure electric alternatives available
All-wheel drive as standardOptions increase purchase price significantly
Good looks (sporty styling)Limited headroom for rear seats

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The All-Electric Audi e-tron Sportback (credit: Audi)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:Hatchback
Engine:Electric
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (2 Options)
Sport (from € 85,110)
S line (from € 89,070)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 95 kWh
Charging:Up to 150 kW DC charging (5%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 9 hrs 25 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 160,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity: 16.7 kWh€ 4.00
Battery net capacity: 30.0 kWh€ 7.19
Battery net capacity: 39.2 kWh€ 9.39
Battery net capacity: 45.0 kWh€ 10.78
Battery net capacity: 50.0 kWh€ 11.98
Battery net capacity: 64.0 kWh€ 15.34
Battery net capacity: 71.0 kWh€ 17.01
Battery net capacity: 77.0 kWh€ 18.45
Battery net capacity: 90.0 kWh€ 21.57
Battery net capacity: 100.0 kWh€ 23.97
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1616
Width (mm):1935
Length (mm):4901
Wheelbase (mm):2928
Turning Circle (m):12.2
Boot Space (L):615

e-tron Sportback 55 quattro
EV Battery Capacity:95 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):344 – 361 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):28.4 – 27.0
Charging:150 kW DC charging (5%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 9 hrs 25 mins)
Top Speed:210 km/h
0-100 km/h:5,1 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):300
Max Power (PS):407
Torque (Nm):808
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,620
Colours:8
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

Ireland: EV Market Overview


As is the case in a number of global markets, to include the European Union and the United Kingdom, the sale of electric cars in Ireland is also fast gaining momentum. In fact, in January 2022, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), accounted for 21% of all new cars licensed in Ireland. Put another way, more than a fifth of the cars bought in Ireland were either pure electric or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

It is also worth nothing the continued decline in the sale of diesel vehicles in Ireland, as families and businesses migrate to lower tailpipe emission electric vehicles (EVs). Diesel market share has declined from 34.2% in early 2021 to 19.7% in early 2022. We can expect this trend to continue for the forseeable future.

The government has set a target of 936,000 electric vehicles by 2030, with 845,000 to be private passenger cars. This will be approximately a third of the vehicles on roads in Ireland (currently there are 2.8 million vehicles on the road). Like many other governments, Ireland is committed to ending the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars by 2030.

The government is committed to the rapid adoption of electric cars in the country. The Department of Transport has committed €100 million for EV subsidies in 2022 (almost double the commitment in 2021). The grant for private electric vehicles is up to €5,000 on qualifying battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), do not qualify for the electric vehicle grant.


Ireland: Top Electric Cars


Top Electric Cars Type Of EV
Tesla Model 3Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Volkswagen ID.3Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Nissan LeafBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Renault ZoeBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Volkswagen ID.4Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Hyundai IONIQ 5Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Kia e-NiroBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Kia EV6Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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