2019 Audi E-Tron second drive review
After announcing a 204-mile estimated range for its battery electric 2019 E-Tron, Audi had its work cut out to convince potential and often range anxious buyers that there's more to a good EV than just boasting the most miles between charges. Audi's answer is the E-Tron's extra-quick, 150-kilowatt DC fast-charging system. The automaker reckons that its ability to add 54 miles of range in about 10 minutes and reach an 80 percent charge (about 160 miles) in 30 minutes should make up for any perceived slight in range.
To both show off the EV's still fairly impressive roaming ability and give me an opportunity to test its ace-in-the-hole fast charging capability, the automaker invited me on a 200-mile road trip in the 2019 Audi E-Tron. To make things a bit more challenging, the route chosen would take us from Napa County, California to Lake Tahoe on the Nevada border, a largely uphill journey culminating in a 7,000-foot climb to our final destination.