Selecting a higher recuperation level
An electric Audi can harvest the kinetic energy generated by braking and coasting and convert it to an electric charge that’s channeled back to the battery. This is known as recuperation.
You can select the intensity of recuperation either automatically or manually. In automatic mode, the car decides when and how to recuperate by analysing the driving situation.
In manual mode, you can select three recuperation levels via a paddle on the steering wheel (standard on e-tron and e-tron Sportback – check model specific information). Selecting a stronger level will increase the recuperation intensity, harvesting more energy, and therefore maximising your range.
We’ve made an easy, short video to show you how to set your recuperation levels.
Selecting ‘Efficiency’ or range ‘Range’ mode
The Audi e-tron has an economical driving mode which helps maximise your range. ‘Efficiency’ mode changes settings to the drivetrain, transmission, air conditioning, cruise control (or optional adaptive cruise control) that will help extend your range.
In certain circumstances, like when running low on charge, you may wish to activate ‘Range’ mode. In this mode the car switches off all convenience functions (like heating, air conditioning and heated seats) and reduces power output and limits maximum speed (56mph on the Audi e-tron) to maximise your range.
Limiting heating and air conditioning
Heating and air conditioning are particularly power-hungry, impacting range by as much as 30%. By limiting them or switching them off, you can significantly improve your range. Tip: heated seats and heated steering wheels use less energy than the cabin heating system; on cold days you may wish to use just these to keep comfortable.
Pre-conditioning whilst on charge
Cooling or heating the vehicle while it’s being charged can improve the range significantly. Doing this before you start your trip will minimise the drain on the battery and, with the myAudi app, you can even initiate pre-conditioning from your phone. See how to do this with our easy video guide.