On September 17, Audi presented its first all-electric series-production model to the world public. In Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, journalists are now getting behind the steering wheel of the Audi e-tron and experiencing the full-size SUV on test drives. Their route is taking them from Masdar City, one of the world’s most sustainable urban communities, and then up the second highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates.
Efficiency, performance and quiet tranquility – the Audi e-tron exemplifies the driving experience of a new era. It combines the everyday requirements of a car and the comfort of the full-size class with an emission-free drive system – at the same time offering the premium experience that is expected from the brand with the four rings, with additional innovative highlights. The Audi e-tron comes off the line at the Brussels plant, the world’s first CO₂-neutral certified volume production facility in the premium segment. The Belgian Audi site’s groundbreaking achievement is the result of three measures: green electricity, ecological heat supply and climate compensation projects.
On highways and through switchbacks, the journalists drive to Jebel Hafeet, the second highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates. There, the Audi e-tron demonstrates its innovative recuperation system. On average in more than 90 percent of all deceleration, the electric motors operate as generators and convert the SUV’s kinetic energy into electrical energy. In this way, the system contributes up to 30 percent of the range. It operates intelligently with the electro-hydraulically integrated brake control system. Audi is the world’s first manufacturer to use this in an electrically driven series-production car. Depending on the driving situation, the brake control system decides whether the car uses the electric motor, wheel brake or a combination of both to decelerate – with this taking place individually at each axle.