The recent announcement that BP Chargemaster will this year roll out 150kW ultra-fast charging stations at 50 sites should be music to the ears of would-be E-tron owners.

So far, the UK’s charging infrastructure has been woefully inadequate for more luxurious electric cars with relatively large batteries that don’t happen to be made by Tesla. Such stations will allow the E-tron to charge to 80% battery capacity in 30 minutes and fully charge from empty in 50 – far quicker not only than the 14 hours required with a 7kW source typically used at home, but also the 50kW and 100kW rapid chargers already dotted about our motorway network.

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Note also that, among rivals, the Jaguar I-Pace is limited to a charging draw less than 100kW and the Mercedes EQC peaks at around 110kW, though both could improve with updates. Tesla’s Model X, meanwhile, can also charge at 150kW, and already benefits from a nationwide network of proprietary ‘Supercharging’ stations.

In short, the Audi is right at the leading edge of usability among electric vehicles.

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