Old Audi e-tron gets more reach with update

Audi is now improving the range of older copies of their electric SUV. Approximately 34,000 cars of model year 2019–20 will receive the update, which must be installed in a workshop.

Wireless updates over-the-air, OTA (Over-The-Air), is an increasingly common feature. American Tesla was early with the technology that almost all the “big players” now followed when they launched electric cars – including Volkswagen.

However, some slightly older models are lagging behind. VW-owned Audi has now released another update to its SUV model e-tron which instead requires a workshop visit. However, it can be worth it, as the car gets more range.

This is not the first time Audi increased the range of the model, which turned out to be quite “thirsty” in our tests.

The last time was in November 2019, when the 2020 model year had more usable capacity in its 95 kWh battery – from 83.6 to 86.5 kWh. That increase gave about 2.5 miles extra range, or a total of 43.6 miles for the Audi e-tron 55 Quattro model.

Now I also get older copies produced a similar update between September 2018 and the end of November 2019. Among other things, it increases the net capacity to 86 kWh, streamlines engine control (the front electric motor is now used less to save energy) and improves battery cooling.

At best, it should increase the range by 20 miles, or about five percent. According to Audi, the WLTP figure will then be the same as for the cars that were updated in 2019; 43.7 miles for the e-tron 55 quattro and 44.7 miles for the e-tron Sportback 55 quattro.

If this makes you crave on a new e-tron, however, it may be worth waiting a while longer. This summer, unconfirmed information came in which claimed that the model should be updated in production and get 50 percent more range during the second half of 2022. In that case, it will be the new range figure upwards of 600 km.

Regardless, the Audi e-tron is on its way out of the model range. In 2023, it is expected to be replaced by the new model Audi Q6 e-tron, which, like the next generation Porsche Macan, will be built on the new electric car platform PPE. The Audi A6 e-tron that will arrive next year will also be based on PPE, which supports wireless updates.

Exemplary of Audi to update the older cars too!

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