Audi Claims Tech Makes Europe’s EV Network 80% Accessible

Audi Claims Tech Makes Europe’s EV Network 80% Accessible

Audi is launching a new charging service it claims makes 80% of Europe’s public electric vehicle chargers accessible to its users.

The automaker is initially launching its e-tron Charging Service in six countries, expanding it to another six before the end of March, and then expanding it further into Eastern Europe over the course of 2019. It claims subscribers to the service will be issued with cards they can use to charge their e-tron at any participating public charging station and pay according to the local conditions without any additional fees being levied.

According to a company statement, the myAudi app will display the e-tron’s charge status so the driver will know when to use their card to charge up.

Audi says cardholders will have access to 72,000 charging points from 220 different companies, including those of the high-powered Ionity network operated as a joint venture between BMW, Ford, Volkswagen, and other automotive heavy hitters.

It says the e-tron will be the first series-production EV compatible with the latter network’s chargers. The automaker is offering two payment tariffs, one aimed at city commuters and the other at long-distance drivers.

Audi is characterizing the move as a plank of its efforts to “transform” itself “into a premium mobility systems supplier”. It is likely hoping a focus on EV tech will distract attention away from the negative publicity it has received over its embroilment in the Dieselgate scandal which caused the departure of Rupert Stadler as chairman and an €800M legal settlement payout.


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