Audi expands e-tron family

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A second, less powerful, but cheaper version of Audi’s all-electric e-tron goes on sale in Ireland in early 2020. The e-tron 50 quattro comes with a 71kWh battery and has a power output of 230kW (308bhp) and 540Nm of torque, giving a range of up to 330km. It is priced from €74,990 excluding grants.

The original e-tron 55 quattro which is priced from €99,810 excluding grants, features a 95kWh battery, has a power output of 300kW (402bhp) and 561Nm of torque, and has a range of up to 391km.

Like its sibling the e-tron 50 quattro comes with two electric motors, one over each axle. It will accelerate from 0 to 100kph in 6.8 seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 188kph. It has a 120kW charging capability which facilitates recharging to 80 per cent capacity in approximately 30 minutes at fast-charging stations such as Ionity.

The e-tron 50 quattro will be offered in a choice of three equipment lines – Advanced, starting from €74,990, Sport starting from €79,320 and S Line starting from €85,110 (all RRP excluding grants). Financial packages offered by Audi include monthly repayments from €779 on PCP.

Separately, Audi has also unveiled the e-tron Sportback, an all-electric four-door SUV coupé. It’s set to arrive in Ireland next summer.