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

audi etron electric SUV
Price: From € 117,335
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 95 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 344 - 359 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


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The All-Electric Audi e-tron S SUV


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 (quattro concept), 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 EV was delivered in 2019.

If you are seeking performance, style and zero-emission electric driving in a neat premium badged package, well, the Audi e-tron S will not disappoint. The pure electric SUV has three electric motors: one powering the front wheels, while two power the rear wheels. The all-wheel drive SUV can achieve 0-100 km/h in 5,1 seconds and delivers a staggering 808 Nm torque (maximum power: 503 PS). The top speed of the e-SUV is 210 km/h .

The Audi EV is available in one battery size (95 kWh). The automotive manufacturer claims a zero-emission electric range up to 359 km on a full charge. Of course, the real world pure electric range will be impacted by a number of factors, in particular, driving speed and style. Expect a real-world EV range closer to 300 km. Though not as impressive as some of the alternative electric SUV’s, still sufficient for most day-to-day needs and also weekend trips.

The e-tron is capable of DC charging up to 150 kW i.e. 5%-80% in 30 mins! We at e-zoomed encourage a ‘topping up’ strategy to EV charging and charging overnight at home when the electricity tariff rates are cheaper. The e-tron EV has a 11 kW onboard charger and is capable of three-phase EV charging. However, as most homes in Ireland are powered by single-phase power supply, we cannot fully leverage this capability. Using a dedicated single-phase (7.4 kW) residential charger like easee, will fully charge the EV in under 14 hours. If you have access to 3-phase AC charging at your workplace, the EV can be fully charged in 9 hours and 25 minutes.

We also encourage identifying electricity plans specifically targeted for EV drivers, to further reduce the cost of charging and motoring. Of course, combining solar energy with electric car charging will be the most preferred option.

The all-wheel drive Audi e-tron S is technology-filled and the interior is of high quality, as one would expect from an upmarket SUV. Standard features include: Audi pre sense basic, cruise control with speed limiter, lane departure warning, 360° sensors, MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch and more. In terms of practicality, the EV has much to offer, with ample headroom, legroom and space for the occupants. The EV also offers up to 660 L boot space.


PROS CONS
Ample interior space for large families and luggageAn expensive e-SUV. Cheaper options available
Interior quality high and luxuriousEV range not as good as some rivals
High electric performanceSignificantly more expensive than standard level e-tron

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The All-Electric Audi e-tron S SUV (credit: Audi)


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

Variants (1 Option)
e-tron S (from € 117,335)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 95 kWh
Charging: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 150,000 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):2040
Length (mm):4902
Wheelbase (mm):2928
Turning Circle (m):12.2
Boot Space (L):605

e-tron S quattro
EV Battery Capacity:95 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):344 – 359 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):28.4 – 27.2
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):370
Max Power (PS):503
Torque (Nm):808
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,620
Colours:7
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

Top Reasons To Buy An Electric Vehicle (EV)


Never have the reasons to buy an electric car been more compelling, than 2022. The past decade has witnessed a significant maturity of all types of electric vehicles (EVs), to include, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). A BEV, also known as a pure electric car, is propelled using energy stored in an EV battery via an electric motor. While a PHEV uses ‘hybrid technology’, to include, an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor, to propel the vehicle.

One of the primary differences between a BEV and a PHEV, is that, a pure electric car, like the best-selling Tesla Model 3, has a much longer zero-tailpipe emission electric range, compared to a plug-in hybrid electric car, like the Toyota Prius PHEV. The reason is simple: a BEV has a much larger onboard EV battery. In general, the latest BEVs have a zero-emission range between 150 to 400 kms, while PHEVs average closer to 50 kms. Given the significant increase in electric range, improvement in EV charging infrastructure and attractive government grants, BEVs are fast becoming the preferred type of electric vehicle to own!


Lower tailpipe emissions and lower air pollution i.e. improves air quality in the immediate area.
Significantly cheaper to recharge a full EV battery, compared to filling a full tank of petrol/ diesel. An EV battery can be charged for as little as €10, while filling a tank of fuel is over €100!
Cheaper to drive per km, compared to an internal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. An EV costs less than 5 cents per km to drive.
Lower maintenance costs, compared to an internal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. Pure electric cars have fewer moving parts, so less can go wrong!
Lower noise pollution, compared to an internal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. Noise pollution is as detrimental on health, as air pollution!
A vast range of fantastic EV available on sale, for all budgets and aspirations. EVs have come a long way since the introduction of the first generation all-electric Nissan Leaf in 2010.
Attractive government subsidies to support the uptake of electric cars. Take advantage while still available.

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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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