We’ve heard a lot about Audi’s downhill run at Pikes Peak as of late. The four-ringed brand used the famous mountain pass as a test of the Audi e-tron’s energy recuperation systems. To do so, it ran the e-tron’s downhill, using nothing but regenerative braking to slow the car down. Some journalists had the opportunity to ride shotgun in the e-tron as it went down Pikes Peak and Alex Goy was one of them.
You might not Goy from his time with Carfection. For Motoring Research, he writes the article talking about his time with the e-tron and what it was like to ride in. For starters it seems like these e-tron prototypes are almost production ready. He claims the interior to be well-built and of high-quality, something not all pre-production cars can claim. He also says that it’s whisper quiet on the inside, thanks to clever aerodynamics, good sound insulation and the slick, smooth Colorado roads.
What’s even more impressive is how well the Audi e-tron’s energy recuperation systems work. According to Goy, at the end of the trip downhill, the e-tron had bumped up a significant amount of range. So it started off with a claimed range of 165 km (103 miles) and after driving downhill it ended up with 282 km (175 miles). That’s because they never really used the throttle and just coasted downhill. In doing so, there were able to use a ton of regenerative braking, which added a significant amount of total range. So after driving for many miles, the actually increased how far they could go.
At the end of the article, Goy writes “Tesla’s dominance, we suspect, is coming to an end.” That’s because so many mainstream brands are working on purely electric cars. Brands like Audi, BMW, General Motors and Nissan are all bringing their own EVs to the road. And with their superior manufacturing ability , greater resources and bigger budgets, these automakers can outplay Tesla within just a few short years. And the Audi e-tron is going to be one of the cars to do it. We can’t wait to drive it.