How long before Audi e-Tron battery degradation starts?

I’m really interested in the new Audi e-Tron, but it would be my first EV, so there’s a lot I still don’t know. How long before the Audi e-Tron battery degradation starts?

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Melanie Mergen · Answered on Dec 20, 2022
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
New Audis come with an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, whichever comes first, so it’s reasonable to expect the typical e-Tron battery to last about that long—but you should expect to see at least some Audi e-Tron battery degradation over its lifespan.
As it gets older, the typical EV battery could be expected to degrade at a rate of about 2% per year and have a lifespan of somewhere between eight and ten years. But it all depends on the battery and the conditions it’s been exposed to over time.
To minimize your Audi e-Tron battery degradation and expand its lifespan, here are some tips to keep in mind:
  • Audi, like many other vehicle manufacturers, cautions that frequently making use of DC fast charging can degrade battery capacity.
  • Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures whenever possible.
  • Avoid frequent driving at extremely low battery levels.
  • Don’t charge to 100%—while it might seem counterintuitive, frequently charging your battery to 100% can be hard on it and reduce its lifespan. Aim to charge it closer to 80% for everyday errands instead.
  • Smooth, gradual acceleration saves on gas—and it’s better for EV batteries, too.
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