We just learned of the new energy recuperation system on the Audi e-tron. As the brand’s first ever all-electric SUV, the e-tron needs to be state-of-the-art and Audi isn’t messing about. So it will get three different ways of recuperating energy back into the battery, using regenerative braking. And Audi tested these new systems on Pikes Peak, one of the world’s most famous and difficult mountain passes.
In this new video, we get to see a lot of the new Audi e-tron. We get to see its entire new instrument panel, the latest Virtual Cockpit, and we get to see its funny new side cameras, which have replaced traditional side mirrors. Funky stuff. Most importantly, though, we get to check out the car’s new regen systems.
At one point in the video, the driver uses the new touchscreen MMI system to access a screen called “Efficiency Assist”, where he’s able to change from “Manual” to “Automatic”. In manual mode, the driver selects how much regenerative braking they want by using the paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel. There are three different settings, with the lowest setting causing no drag on the car and very little, if any, energy recuperation and the highest setting causing a ton of drag and braking while recuperating the most possible energy.
In automatic mode, the car uses all of its predictive systems to learn the environment around it and adjust accordingly. So it will use its suite of radar sensors, cameras and even Car-to-X technology, which allows the Audi e-tron to communicate with capable components of the road infrastructure, such as traffic lights.
It’s a pretty cool video that shows off the latest technology of the Audi e-tron as well as the stunning roads of Pikes Peak. We will see the e-tron finally make its debut next month and we can’t wait.