We all know that the electric vehicle is the future of the automobile, of that there’s no debate. However, I think it’s safe to say that the electric vehicle is not the present. While EVs are perfectly usable in today’s world, mass EV use just isn’t viable for many customers, as the charging infrastructure doesn’t work for everyone, as the Audi e-tron Sportback proves in this new video from Petrol Ped.
In this video, you get to see an attempt to drive about 250 miles in an e-tron Sportback, which is already setting it up for failure, as the sporty looking electric SUV can only do about 220 miles in the best of conditions. However, the conditions during the shoot of the drive in this video were less than ideal, as it was seriously cold outside. That dropped the overall range to less than 200 miles. So stopping off to charge was necessary before the trip even started.
The problem isn’t with the need to stop off and charge but the quality and availability of the charge network. Sometimes a fast enough charging station is so far out of your way that it adds a substantial chunk of time to your journey. Additionally, you then have to plug in and charge, which can take upwards of an hour even on a DC fast charger. So you could be looking at an additional two hours to your journey, which is less than ideal.
That’s the best case scenario, too. If the charger your get to is occupied, you then have to wait until it’s vacant, which can take an hour in itself. Or the charger could not be working properly and you waste time thinking it’s charging when it actually isn’t
All of that can be alleviated if you have an electric car with 300 miles or so of range, as few trips will need more than that. That means that outright range is paramount at the moment and the Audi e-tron Sportback just doesn’t have enough of it. When the charging infrastructure improves and you can stop off to charge as easily as you can stop off to fill up a tank of gas, then range can go down a bit. Until then, though, range is most important.
It also proves that EVs aren’t for everyone. At the moment, the internal combustion engine is still necessary for many people who either don’t have access to relatively fast chargers in their area or frequently make long trips. So the EV is certainly the car for the future but the Audi e-tron Sportback proves that it’s not the car for right now.