Living with an electric car in your daily life can actually require quite a bit of a lifestyle change at first. Which is why motoring journalists often struggle to test EVs over the course of a week. Most of us don’t daily drive EVs, so when one shows up on our door step, we all of the sudden have to adjust to live with it. That means learning where charging stations are, running extension cords to charge it from your garage and becoming accustomed to range anxiety. So Car Throttle decided to find out what that’s like in an Audi e-tron.
Admittedly, the Audi e-tron is just about the easiest EV to live with if you aren’t subscribed to the #EVLife. It doesn’t have a silly keycard for a key, like the Tesla Model 3, it sports a typical SUV body style, unlike the Jaguar I-Pace and it drives completely like a normal car, unlike the BMW i3. It even boasts quite a long range of 248 miles on the European WLTP cycle. However, even the e-tron needs some adjusting to if you’re not used to EVs.
So Car Throttle’s Matt Robinson ended up struggling a bit to find charging stations fast enough so he could get to his different work events on time. He also had to call ahead to certain manufacturers, who were hosting those events, to see if they had charging stations available. Not all of them did. In fact, he ended up charging the e-tron from a diesel-powered generator while at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with Porsche. Bentley did have charging stations for him but they didn’t charge the car properly for some reason.
At the end of his week, he totaled about 600 miles in the Audi e-tron, which is more than double its total range. So with proper planning, it can absolutely be used in everyday life and is one of the better EVs to live with. Though, he did go on to say that the Jaguar I-Pace is considerably more fun to drive and has a higher WLTP-rated range. So it’s not the perfect EV, the e-tron, but as a luxurious, comfortable and very practical everyday EV, it’s hard to beat.