All three cars came to the end without any problems.

The range of electric cars is today one of the main things that opponents criticise electric cars for, saying they have insuficent range, followed by needing too much time to charge the battery pack. But, if those arguments were considered to be valid few years ago, situation has until today already changed. Audi thus decided to demonstrate that this is the case in the best possible way: with a 24-hour continuous trip from Slovenia to the Netherlands.

However, the challenge in the Audi has not been faced the easy way, which means, for example, that they avoided driving along the Austrian and German motorways. Instead, they went over the Alps, starting at Bled and then went in Austria, continued through the Alps, through Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium to the final destination of the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam. In total, a trio of Audi e-tron cars and three passengers on board have travelled as many as 1,600 kilometres.

Certainly a respectable figure, which we can safely say would represent a considerable challenge for any ICE-driven car, let alone electric one, especially when taking into account the fact that a large part of the route has taken place on mountain roads, which are further burdening the battery pack. But e-tron has the solution. Actually, several of them. The first is a 300 kilowatt electric motor. The second is a battery pack with a capacity of 95 kilowatt hours. The third is a low ratio of air drag, and the fourth is a battery pack that allows charging at high speed.

150 kilowatts is the power to charge the e-tron battery pack, which means that the battery pack is charged up to 80 per cent in half an hour, despite the high capacity of the pack. Charging took place on seven locations, which means that the vehicle consumption was 26,4–22,9 per 100 kilometres travelled. However, a braking energy regeneration system has helped to some extent to lower consumption. What is also important is the fact that no car suffered from overheating the battery pack.

Aug. 26, 2019 Driving photo: Audi

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