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The 2022 Audi e-tron will charge the fastest when hooked up to a 480-volt DC fast charger that can take the e-tron from a depleted to a full battery in about 30 minutes. Hook the e-tron up to an at-home outlet, though, and you may be waiting three whole days for a full charge.
Making the switch from gas-powered to electric vehicles comes with a learning curve, not least of which involves the abandonment of gas stations for charging ports. Now instead of calculating how far that last bit of gasoline will take you until you have to pour more into the tank, you need to consider where your next charging station will be at and how long you’ll need to be there.
The 2022 Audi e-tron is designed to be a part of the Electrify America network of charging stations so it won’t be too difficult to find a place to refill the battery. However, it’s crucial to know the difference between the types of chargers and how fast they’ll work to add some juice to your e-tron—so let’s dive in.
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How long does a 2022 Audi e-tron take to charge?
So, how long will it take for your 2022 Audi e-tron to charge? Generally, the e-tron will be fully charged between 30 minutes and three days. That is quite the gap, we know, but it really depends on the type of charger you use.
The 2022 Audi e-tron was released in 2019 as the German automaker’s first all-electric SUV, and was quickly followed up by its four-door “coupe” sibling, the e-tron Sportback. Each of these models come in three
trim levels—Premium, Premium Plus, and Chronos—and every trim runs off the same power: 95.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with dual asynchronous electric motors.
That battery configuration is estimated to take you 222 miles on a full charge with an EPA-estimated “fuel” economy of 74 MPGe.
The three charging levels available for EVs have significantly different power outputs, so the length of time necessary to recharge your car’s battery and get those full 222 estimated miles is also significantly different. Use a DC fast charger to see a charge time closer to 30 minutes. If you have three days and extra room on your home’s electricity bill to spare, you can use a Level 1 charger—the standard home outlet.
Let’s take a closer look at the difference in these chargers and when you should use which.
At-home charging speeds for a 2022 Audi e-tron
The base charging level for a 2022 Audi e-tron is known as a Level 1 charger and can be found in most homes and businesses. A Level 1 charger is otherwise known as your standard three-pronged 120-volt outlet, and it is the slowest method of EV charging.
It can add about three to five miles of range per hour and is usually reserved for plug-in hybrids with much smaller batteries, though any electric vehicle can utilize it. When plugged into a Level 1, 120-volt charging outlet, the 2022 Audi e-tron can take up to 55 hours to fully charge. That’s not exactly ideal unless you only bring your e-tron out for very short trips every now and then.
If you’re planning to use your Audi e-tron more than rarely, your best bet will be to use a Level 2 charger. Kicking out between 208 volts and 240 volts, this is the ideal daily charger for EVs and in general, can add between 12 to 80 miles of range per hour. Hook your Audi e-tron up to a Level 2 charger and you’ll see a full charge in four to 10 hours.
Level 2 chargers do require an equipment installation but they can be and often are installed in homes, work places, public plazas, train stations, and the like. Just expect to pay between $1,000 to $2,500 for it if you want one on your own site.
Public charging speeds for a 2022 Audi e-tron
Still on the lookout for that 30-minute fast charge? You’ll need to plug your 2022 Audi e-tron into a DC fast charger, otherwise known as Level 3. These types of chargers are not typically found in residential areas but are rather installed out in the public world—probably because they can cost tens of thousands of dollars to install!
DC (direct current) fast chargers run at 400 volts to 900 volts and can provide three to 20 miles of range per minute. Phew! When your Audi e-tron is charging at a 480-volt DC fast charger, the battery will go from depleted to full in about 30 minutes.
Now, you may be aware of another type of Level 3 charger known far and wide as the Tesla supercharger. These mega chargers from the EV behemoths themselves can add as much as 175 miles of range in just 15 minutes (phew x2!), but Audi EV Combined Charging System (CCS) is not compatible with Tesla EV charging systems so Tesla superchargers are not a viable option for the e-tron’s battery.
But don’t worry! There are still loads of public DC fast charging stations out there that are compatible with your Audi EV, and you can find them using online tools like
PlugShare’s Audi e-tron charging map.
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