Audi have announced that they will be bringing out their first premium all electric vehicle to market next year - an SUV with a 310 mile range and 90 kWh battery. They also announced that they will offer 350kW charging, suggesting a full charge in the order of 20 minutes.
An average household consumes 2.5kW. This means that this equates to the power of 140 homes. The impact on the electrical supply is something that is causing a lot of discussion, especially on the timing of charging and the impact if this is at peak times.
This is a problem that will take some time to work through, but we feel there are a number of solutions to address these issues - including local storage of energy in homes and communities, as well as intelligent control of charge timing.
Audi’s e-tron quattro SUV could become next year the first in a series of premium all-electric vehicles to come to market. Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and other premium automakers are all planning EVs for the end of the decade, but the way the vehicles program are set up, Audi is apparently ahead of the pack with its 2018 release.