One of the biggest drawbacks of the Audi e-tron GT is its range. In fact, that’s the biggest drawbacks of all Audi’s e-tron products, all of which are great cars that just so happen to be electric but not great electric cars, if that makes any sense. Compared to, say, Tesla, Audi’s electric powertrain efficiency is a bit subpar. The average Tesla nets between three and four miles per kWh, while Audis typically hover just over two. However, Top Gear was recently able to squeeze some more efficiency from their long-term e-tron GT.
After driving the e-tron GT for many miles, TG noticed that it was getting around 2.5 miles per kWh, better than most Audis and better than usual. So TG staffer Ollie Marriage decided to be a bit more frugal with his electrons than usual and try and eek a bit more out of it. Surprisingly, he was able to achieve 2.9 miles per kWh, which gave it just over 250 miles of range.
That’s quite good for the Audi e-tron GT and 250 miles is far more than enough to be useful everyday. Although, it still pales in comparison to internal combustion ranges. For instance, Marriage was able to get 500 miles out of a diesel Range Rover. Adding insult to injury, the Range Rover was also able to top off its gas tank in just a few minutes. It’s take closer to an hour to fill the e-tron’s battery and that’s if you can find a DC fast charger. The Audi e-tron GT is a great car to drive long distances in but the only problem is it can’t actually drive too long of distances.
There’s no question, there’s a lot of work still to do on the EV front. Charging speed needs to increase, charging infrastructure needs to get better. And, obviously, battery ranges need to go up. However, it’s clear we’re getting there.
[Source: Top Gear]