We’ve seen quite a bit about the Audi e-tron and its trip to Pikes Peak to test its energy recuperation. Audi has not been shy about posting pictures, video and news about it an many journalists have posted some of their own. Now, it’s Carwow’s turn to show us the recuperation test at Pikes Peak and this video gives us more insight than any other so far.
Before we get into that, let’s first talk about the Audi e-tron for a moment. The e-tron is Audi’s first all-electric car and it’s been designed to take on cars like the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace. It packs two electric motors, one at each axle, about 406 peak horsepower (when using a specific performance mode), can get from 0-60 mph in about six seconds normally and has a range of about 248 miles. It’s no high-performance machine but it should be a fun and interesting EV crossover with some really impressive tech.
Among its tech is its ability to let the driver choose between three different levels of regenerative braking — just coasting, a little bit of regen, or a lot — and its brake-by-wire system, which allows the e-tron to use only regenerative braking for all brake pedal applications under .3g of deceleration. Those two things are what Audi tested at Pikes Peak.
First, we start off with Carwow’s Mat Watson in the back seat, looking at a tablet that displayed all of the Audi e-tron’s recuperation metrics in real time. It was pretty cool to see how much better went back into the battery from just coasting and how much was actual regen braking. He also showed us the brake temperature check stop and touched the brakes with his hand, to show that, ever after coming down Pikes Peak, they were ice cold.
Then, he gets a ride in the front passenger seat to get a bit of a feel for vehicle dynamics, even though he wasn’t actually driving. From what he says, you can feel a bit of the extra heft of the e-tron, due to its massive batteries, and the slight extra stiffness required to manage that weight. Though, it doesn’t seem bad and it still seems quite comfortable and quiet. He’s also impressed by the new side wing cameras, which is the first we’ve heard a journalist talk about them.
The Audi e-tron is an exciting car, as it can shape the future of the Audi brand moving forward, so this is a good video to watch, to learn a bit more about it.