A few days ago, Audi showed off a bit of a stunt for its upcoming e-tron SUV. The brand’s future electric SUV will be the brand’s first all-electric car in history, so Audi is naturally making a big deal of it. It’s also going to be the fastest charging electric car on the market when it debuts. So to show that off, the Audi e-tron recently visited the Siemens high-voltage test bay’s Faraday Cage to get struck with some lightning.
In this video, we get to see that event and watch as the lightning strikes the car in slow-motion. It’s damn cool looking and is worth watching. Admittedly, it’s not actually doing anything, because cars naturally create their own Faraday Cages, so the lighting won’t actually effect the car, nor will it charge it. It’s just cool to see it get struck by lightning in super slow-mo.
Under the floor of the e-tron will be a 95 kWh batter that will have the capability to charge at 150 kW, which is faster than any other electric car on the market. The next fastest car on the market is the Tesla Model S, which can charge at 120 kWh at a Supercharger station. So the Audi e-tron will charge at a whopping 30 kW faster. And it will be able charge like that at any high-powered charging stations that us the European-standard Combined Charging System (CCS). The ability to charge that quickly has to do with the advanced thermal management of the battery pack.
There are no official specs for this EV SUV, but Audi has previously claimed that it will have two electric motors that combine to make 496 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Audi has also claimed a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds and a total electric range of 248 miles, which is an impressive combination. We can’t wait to see the final production car later this year.