Audi is just finishing up the reveal of the e-tron, its first-ever electric vehicle. But that hasn’t stopped the brand from talking about some future electric models that it has in the works. One of which is called the Audi e-tron GT and it will be an all-electric, sportback-type, four-door grand touring car. That much we know, as it was teased and confirmed by Audi during the e-tron SUV’s launch. We’re now hearing that it could charge at an astonishing rate.
According to Autocar, who recently spoke with e-tron product marketing manager Johannes Eckstein, the Audi e-tron GT will have a battery capable of 350kW charging, which is 200kW more than the new e-tron’s capabilities.
The current Ionity charging stations, with whom Audi is partnered with along with BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Ford, are capable of 350kW charging already. However, the battery tech in current electric cars is not capable.
When the Audi e-tron GT does eventually debut, which admittedly won’t be until at earliest 2020, its 350kW charging would allow it to charge 400km (248 miles) in about 15 minutes. That’s simply astonishing, at least for today’s electric cars. That would be barely any longer than filling up a gas tank. Admittedly, 248 miles isn’t as much as most gasoline cars but it’s certainly enough to get you far enough and it can charge again in another 15 minutes. This would cut range anxiety basically to zero.
This is about in line with Porsche’s estimates for the upcoming Taycan. While the Taycan is being built on its own bespoke platform, and the Audi e-tron GT will be built on Audi’s new and upcoming PPE platform, the two brands seem to be working on battery tech together. Which is no surprise considering they’re both siblings under the VW Group umbrella. The Taycan is also set for 2020.
If Audi can deliver on this promise of 350kW charging, that could make the e-tron GT the first true electric grand touring car, as its range and quick recharging would actually allow it to tour.
The Audi e-tron GT Concept will be on hand at the L.A. Auto Show and we’ll have more information for you after that.