Software updates are a wonderful thing.
Audi is preparing to unleash an onslaught of new electric vehicles, among which is the all-new Q6 e-tron. We're also getting some stunning new S-badged performance models soon. At the same time as developing and releasing new EVs, Audi is also continuously upgrading existing all-electric models like the Audi e-tron SUV, but while most cars would only see changes from a new model year, the wonders of the internet have allowed modern cars to get upgrades long after they roll off the dealer floor. Audi's e-tron SUV is one of these, and the German automaker has announced that 2019 and 2020 55 quattro models of the electric crossover will now be capable of going even further on a single charge.
The free software update "expands usable range of the high-voltage battery, reduces electric losses in the e-motor, and optimizes thermal management." This update allows the 95 kWh battery in the crossover to deliver more net usable power, which is now rated at 86 kWh. The update is available for 34,000 55 quattro models built between mid-September 2018 and the end of November 2019 (model year 2019 and 2020 respectively). Audi claims that the changes deliver improvements of up to 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) of additional range "in actual driving conditions," which works out to around 5% more range on a single charge.
Although increasing usable battery capacity is impressive enough, Audi went a step further to improve cooling. This reduces energy consumption and encourages long battery life, consistent driving performance, and reliable DC fast charging. As Audi's first fully electric car, it's good to see that the automaker is continually striving to make early adopters as comfortable with their purchase as possible. Unsurprisingly, more than 100,000 units have already been sold, and in Norway especially, the car has been remarkably successful by outselling all other models - electric or gas-powered. If you're still on the fence about making the switch to electrification, Audi's commitment to constant innovation should help sway you.