As electrification continues to flourish in the motoring world, more and more automakers are coming out with electric vehicles (EVs). Pretty soon, the even the smallest of cars can be powered solely by electricity.
Audi is looking to tap into that segment with this: the e-tron 50 quattro. While the name doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, this small electric crossover now serves as Audi's entry-level EV as it sits below the standard e-tron 55 quattro. It's powered by two electric motors and is accompanied by a small yet efficient 71 kWh battery that allows it to have a range of nearly 300 km.
Just like its more powerful sibling, the e-tron 50 quattro carries the same design language. Borrowing styling cues from Audi's range of crossovers, it comes with a distinct Singleframe front grill, sleek LED laser headlights, turbine-style alloy wheels, wraparound taillights, and a myriad of creases and lines. To the untrained eye, this electric Audi can easily pass off as a traditional crossover.
At the heart of it all are two electric motors that produce a combined system output of 300 PS and 540 Nm of torque. This allows it to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 7 seconds and hit a top speed of 190 km/h. Despite having front and rear-mounted electric motors, Audi claims that the rear motor is active in most situations in order for better efficiency. The front motor only activates when needed for additional grip.
Need to recharge the battery? The e-tron 50 quattro can easily be recharged to 80% capacity in just half an hour thanks to its 120 kW fast-charging capability. For home charging however, the battery can be recharged at 2.3 kW via a 230V outlet. But in order to maximize the battery's charge while on the road, the e-tron 50 also comes with regenerative braking which converts deceleration into extra energy the battery can use.
While we're not quite sure yet whether Audi will offer it locally, the mere fact that Audi decided to make a lower variant of the e-tron means they are indeed serious when it comes to electrification. Still, the Hyundai Kona EV better watch its back.