Audi Makes Improvements Over Tesla with Charging Consistency
Audi's supremely consistent EV charging speed allows for a linear charging curve, which is something that other manufacturers have not been able to achieve.
Well which do you want?
Tesla has built enough of a network of chargers to ease the concerns of its buyers when they need to charge up their vehicles. However, what they haven't gotten down yet is the time it takes to recharge those batteries in a speedy fashion. Various automakers are looking at that issue and attacking it from all sorts of angles in order to facilitate the adoption of EVs.
More power or steady power?
At an e-tron SUV presentation, Audi manager for the e-tron and connected vehicles presented this chart detailing the charging speeds of some electric models on the market.
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The chart is using the metric of DC power input (in kW) that vehicles are able to take in from charging stations. With the Model 3, Tesla was able to boost the charging rate to 250 kW, which is new ground for EVs currently being produced. However, Audi shows in the chart that the rate tempers drastically throughout the session and is not consistent at all.
Which means more to you?
On the other hand, the e-tron SUV is able to hold constant at a 140 kW+ charging rate due to its battery cooling tech and bigger energy buffer. Take this with a grain of salt due to an imperfect comparison since Tesla releases very little data on V3 Supercharger rates. The information used on the chart is just from one V3 station that was analyzed.
Here's to the future
Props to Audi for providing a flatter rate of charging. But they still have some work to do to contest with Tesla when it comes to speed. What Audi does excel at is enabling your vehicle to get a full charge out of the session to ease range anxiety.
This chart shows us two different ways out of many that automakers are going about the issue of charging EVs in a timely manner. Do you want the quality of a full charge or a faster charge?
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