Long charging times? Not anymore!

With its first purely electrically powered series models, the Audi e-tron and Audi e-tron Sportback, and its large range of plug-in hybrids, Audi has transformed itself from a classic premium manufacturer into a system provider for electromobility. Thanks to a comprehensive range of charging options with intelligent solutions for at home and on the go, you can drive electrically without having to compromise.

Our highlights on charging:

Charging at home

We offer the following options for charging your electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid at home:

Mobility Check

Test it yourself: the Audi Mobility Check

Would you like to find out quickly and clearly how well equipped you are for electromobility? Then use our convenient Audi Mobility Check – with just a few clicks of the mouse, you will receive important information and recommendations about charging performance and charging solutions.

Our tool offers you an initial assessment of your charging options, so we also recommend an customised check of your home electrical system by a professional electrician – the Home Check.ietet Ihnen eine erste Einschätzung der Lademöglichkeiten, daher empfehlen wir zusätzlich eine individuelle Prüfung Ihrer Hauselektrik durch einen professionellen Elektriker – den Home Check.

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A professional view: the Home Check and installation service

The Home Check is a professional review of the electrical installation you have for charging an electric car or plug-in hybrid. An electrician will advise you on any charging options that may already be available, but will also inform you about the best possible charging solution, with optimum charging times and costs. The electronics expert can also plan the integration of any existing photo-voltaic system. If the electrician recommends adjustments to your house electrical system, they will prepare an individual offer for you.

Ihr Audi Partner vermittelt Ihnen gerne einen Elektriker in Ihrer Nähe über unseren Kooperationspartner „The Mobility House GmbH“. Den Home Check können Sie dort direkt über Ihren Audi Partner beauftragen. Das Beste daran: Für Kunden eines Audi e-tron oder Audi e-tron Sportback übernehmen wir die Kosten für den Home Check durch unseren Kooperationspartner.

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Home charging systems:

e-tron charging system compact

The e-tron charging system compact

Regardless of whether you charge your electric car or hybrid model at an industrial socket or, if necessary, at a household socket, at home or at the vacation home: The modular e-tron charging system compact gives you maximum flexibility. It consists of a control unit including a vehicle connection cable and two mains connection cables - one with a household plug and one with an industrial plug. The e-tron charging system compact has a charging power of up to 11 kW3 for Audi e-tron models, for plug-in hybrids the charging power is up to 7.4 kW. At the control unit, the user can manually switch between 100 percent and 50 percent charging power. This can be useful if various other electrical devices are already in use in the house. The status of the charging system and the charging process is displayed compactly by the e-tron charging system using LEDs on the control unit.

The e-tron charging system compact is available as standard for our all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

Charging system connect

e-tron connect charging system – now charge intelligently at up to 22 kW

For all-electric Audi models

The option to preferably charge your Audi e-tron when electricity is as its cheapest for you, automatic adjustment of the charging power if other electrical devices in the household are being used at the same time, and documentation of the amount of energy charged (kWh) are a few of the advantages of the optional connect charging system for the Audi e-tron models. It connects the vehicle with a compatible Home Energy Management System (HEMS) and thus makes the electric car part of your smart home. The e-tron connect charging system comprises a control unit, a vehicle connection cable of custom length, and two mains connection cables (one with a household plug and one with an industrial plug). It supports a charging power of up to 22 kW. The control unit is equipped with a 5-inch touch display. Delivery always includes a wall bracket clip.

The e-tron connect charging system is only available for all-electric vehicles from Audi. Some intelligent charging functions require an internet connection and a compatible Home Energy Management System.

The e-tron connect charging system offers the following advantages:

– Blackout protection
– Cost-optimised charging
– Use of solar power
– Integrated logging of charging energy
– Pin protection
– Free software updates

The e-tron connect4 charging system is only available for all-electric vehicles from Audi.

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Public charging

The charging infrastructure is continuously growing. With the e-tron Charging Service, you have access to more than 200,000 charging points in 25 countries across Europe.

e-tron Charging Service: access to more than 200,000 public charging points

The e-tron Charging Service7 provides you with uniform access to one of the largest public charging networks in Europe:

  • More than 200,000 public charging points in 25 European countries – and the trend is rising
  • Cross-border charging with a single contract through e-roaming
  • Uniform tariffs per country
  • All public charging processes and invoices can be viewed easily and clearly via the myAudi portal and the myAudi app
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Charge quickly with the IONITY network

To ensure that you can fully enjoy the long-distance capability of your Audi e-tron vehicle, Audi is committed to building up a powerful network of charging stations along the main European transport axes. IONITY is a company that sets up and operates an express charging network of arterial roads and motorways in 25 European countries. Roughly 30 minutes13 are enough to charge the high-voltage battery of the Audi e-tron 55 quattro14 and the Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro14 for a range suitable for long journeys – these models use a charging power of up to 150 kW. The express charging stations can only be used for all-electric vehicles.

  • The high-power charging (HPC) network, with charging capacities of up to 350 KW, enables electromobility over long distances.
  • Convenient access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Convenient billing via the e-tron Charging Service
  • The charging stops are automatically scheduled using the e-tron route planner

The express charging network is only available for Audi e-tron models

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Charge from 5% to up to 80% in roughly just 30 minutes

The Audi e-tron and the Audi e-tron Sportback enable you to make brief charging stops, because you can charge up the battery from 5% to 80% in around 30 minutes13 at a high-power charging station (HPC). The e-tron 55 uses a charging power of up to 150 kW14. If you want to fill the battery to 100% in order to be able to once again utilise the maximum range, you will only need another 20 minutes thanks to the sophisticated battery management system.

How long do I have to charge the Audi e-tron for?

The charging time of the battery depends on various factors, such as the ambient temperature, the use of other, country-specific plugs, and the use of the preconditioning feature (e.g., remote-controlled air conditioning of the vehicle). When using household plugs, the charging power is limited by the e-tron charging system. The charging time calculator takes accounts of values from the Audi e-tron, Audi e-tron Sportback, Audi e-tron S and Audi e-tron S Sportback.

Overview of terms

AC/DC

The abbreviation AC stands for "alternating current", and DC stands for "direct current". Both alternating current and direct current can be used to charge electric vehicles, whereas only alternating current can be used for plug-in hybrids. Only direct current can be stored in the battery. The alternating current therefore has to be converted into direct current. This is why electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids have an AC/DC converter that converts the alternating current from household and industrial sockets, as well as from the public alternating current charging station, into direct current, and stores it in the high-voltage battery. When charging an electric vehicle with direct current (e.g., at public DC or HPC charging stations that have a built-in AC/DC converter), the current flows directly into the high-voltage battery. This enables higher charging currents to be achieved and the vehicle to be charged faster.

e-tron Charging Service network

The e-tron Charging Service7 network offers access to more than 200,000 charging points in 25 European countries (as of June 2020). Customers of the Audi e-tron Charging Service have the choice between two attractive tariffs that suit their daily driving routine.

HPC

HPC stands for high-power charging, and enables an electric vehicle to be charged faster, especially on long journeys. IONITY is an HPC provider and will have around 400 charging stations, with an average of 6 charging points, in 25 countries by 2020. IONITY charging stations enable charging powers of up to 350kW. Around 30 minutes13 are enough to charge the high-voltage battery of the Audi e-tron and Audi e-tron Sportback at an express charging station for a range that is suitable for long distances – the Audi e-tron 55 quattro14 and Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro14 achieve a charging capacity of up to 150 kW, and the Audi e-tron 50 quattro and Audi e-tron Sportback 50 quattro achieve a charging power of up to 120 kW.

Frequently asked questions about charging

Why can I only charge with 11 kW at a 22-kW charging station?

An on-board charger (OBC) with 11 kW3 is built into the vehicle as standard. A second OBC can optionally be ordered for a charge for the Audi e-tron 55 or Audi e-tron Sportback 55. With two on-board chargers, AC charging using up to 22 kW is possible. When using direct current (DC), the Audi e-tron 55, for example, charges using up to 150 kW, as standard, at express charging stations. For precise information about when this will be deployed in the e-tron 50 or Audi e-tron Sportback 50 and the e-tron S or Audi e-tron Sportback S, please contact your Audi partner.

What do I have to consider during the charging process at a (public) charging station?

These steps describe the procedure in all-electric Audi models. In addition to the points mentioned here, you will find all the relevant information and notes in your vehicle log book under the menu "High-voltage battery – Charging – Starting charging"

1. The vehicle must be unlocked
2. To open the loading flap, press the button above the loading flap. The loading flap is located on the front wing on the driver's side (optional AC charging socket; depending on the features and fittings, also on the passenger side)
3. If necessary, use the supplied cable from the vehicle (located in the storage compartment under the bonnet). The bonnet release is located in the footwell on the driver's side
4. Firmly insert the plug and hold it until locking has ended (pulsing white LED)
5. Activate/pay for the charging station (hold the RFID card up to the reader of the charging station or start the charging process via the app) and follow the instructions at the charging station
Note: Only use charging cards (e.g., from the e-tron Charging Service) that are approved or accepted by the relevant provider. Use other providers or credit cards if necessary
6. Monitor the charging LED (flashing green = vehicle is charging). The legend is located next to the charging socket, in the form of a sticker
7. The charging energy and estimated charging time will be displayed in the instrument cluster as soon as the door is open: it can also be found in the myAudi app.

Ending charging:
8. Unlock the vehicle
9. End the charging process on the vehicle by pressing the buttons on the charging flap. If necessary, acknowledge the charging process at the charging station by holding up the RFID card again – observe the instructions at the charging station.
10. Pull out the charging plug (the ability to unlock is indicated by the illuminated LED above the flap). If necessary, press the button again to unlock
11. If necessary, stow the cable back in the vehicle

Where can I see the exact state of charge of the battery?

This answer applies to all-electric Audi models. In the MMI menu, under "Vehicle/Charging & Efficiency", you will see the menu item "Charge..." – here, you can view the exact percentage state of charge of the battery. The charging slider, which you can use to define the target charge level, will also be displayed there. There is also the option of transferring this submenu to the shortcut menu by pressing and holding it. The battery level can also be viewed on the start page of the myAudi app and in the "Charge planning" tab in the myAudi app.

Is it complicated to charge an electric car or hybrid model at home?

The Audi e-tron models and plug-in hybrids contain the e-tron compact charging system as standard, and, if chosen as an option, the e-tron models additionally include the connect charging system, which you can use to charge flexibly at home via a household or industrial socket. The compact charging system consists of an operating unit, including a vehicle connection cable and two mains connection cables – one with a household plug and one with an industrial plug. The compact charging system has a charging capacity of up to 11 kW3 for Audi e-tron models, and up to 7.4 kW3 for plug-in hybrids. On the control unit, the user can manually switch between 100 percent and 50 percent charging performance. This can be useful if various other electrical appliances are already in use at home. The e-tron compact charging system displays the status of the charging system and the charging process by means of LEDs on the operating unit. Your Audi partner will be happy to put you in touch with an electrician who will carry out an individual and professional test of your home electrical system.

How many (express) charging points are there?

The e-tron Charging Service is part of a holistic charging offering from Audi and currently provides access to public charging infrastructure in 25 European countries. The proprietary Audi charging card bundles more than 200,000 charging points from more than 400 different international charging station operators. Among others, the Ionity high-power charging network is connected to the e-tron charging service.

How long does it take to charge an all-electric vehicle?

The Audi e-tron and Audi e-tron Sportback enable short charging stops. When charging at an HPC station with a max. charging power of up to 150 kW, a battery state of charge (SoC) of 80% can be achieved in a short time. As a result, these models only need around 30 minutes13 for a typical charge from 5% to 80 % at a high-power charging (HPC) station. If, on the other hand, you want to fill the battery to 100% in order to be able to exploit the maximum range, you will only need another 20 minutes thanks to the sophisticated battery management system. You can clearly simulate the length of your charging stops with the help of our charging time calculator on our website.

Is charging with IONITY expensive?

Along the motorway, e-tron customers can use the Transit Tariff to charge at the high-power charging stations of the IONITY network at special conditions using the proprietary Audi charging card. There, the customer only pays for the amount of energy actually charged.
The price of 31 cents per kilowatt hour that the customer receives when they have concluded an e-tron Charging Service7 Transit Tariff is equivalent to the average price for household electricity. 100% of the energy comes from renewable energy sources. Additional high-power charging points (HPC) from other providers complete the offering from the e-tron Charging Service7 for long routes.

Video tutorials

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