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  • AUSTRALIA’S NO.1 AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY JOURNAL EDITION 1025 – JUN 10, 2020

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    By ROBBIE WALLIS

    AUDI’S first-ever pure-electric vehicle, the E-Tron, has touched down in Australia this week ahead of showroom sales beginning in September – and the German premium brand has revealed it will offer a comprehensive range starting from $137,700 plus on-road costs.

    Slotting into the popular medium- size SUV segment, the E-Tron will be offered at launch with six variants across two body styles – wagon and Sportback – and two powertrains, with two limited-run First Edition variants also available.

    From the E-Tron 50 wagon at the entry level, Audi’s ground- breaking new model line pushes up to $146,700 plus on-roads for the more powerful and longer-range 55 version and on to $159,600 for the 55-based First Edition wagon.

    The athletic-looking Sportback chimes in at $148,700 for the 50, attracts an equivalent $9000 increment for the 55 powertrain (at $157,700) and similarly requires a

    further $12,000-plus outlay for the First Edition that tops the range at $169,950.

    The special edition will be limited to just 70 examples in Australia across both body styles, while all full-time model grades will be available at launch.

    The pricing of the E-Tron pits it squarely against its European rivals, namely the similarly sized Mercedes-Benz EQC400 – available in a single spec only, from $137,900 – and the smaller Jaguar I-Pace, which ranges from $124,100 to $146,000.

    Audi Australia expects the 55 to be the most popular powertrain choice in Australia, accounting for about 70 per cent of overall sales, and while the company would not disclose sales targets this week for its all-new zero-emissions contender, the senior management team did confirm it had secured around 100 pre-orders ahead of first deliveries in September.

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    E spot Audi’s all-important inaugural electric vehicle, the E-Tron SUV, makes its Aussie debut this week ahead of September sales, from $137,700

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    The more powerful E-Tron 55 is powered by a pair of electric motors, with a 125kW unit mounted to the front axle and a slightly more powerful 140kW motor at the rear.

    The car-maker’s signature quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system has been taken to new levels in the E-Tron, with fully variable torque distribution at a level not yet seen on combustion-engined Audis.

    Both motors combine to produce 265kW/561Nm, which can be increased to 300kW/664Nm for up to eight seconds through a Boost mode function.

    Energy is stored in a floor-mounted 95kWh battery made up of 432 cells and weighing 715kg, which allows for a reported range of up to 400km on the WLTP test cycle.

    The sprint from standstill to 100km/h can be mown down in 6.5 seconds, while on the charging side, going from five to 80 per cent charge takes 30 minutes when using a fast- charging station, up to 45 minutes to reach 100 per cent.

    Completing a full charge at home using the 11kW onboard charger takes around nine hours.

    The charging system in the E-Tron, known as CCS (Combined Charging System) is the same system used by Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ford and the Volkswagen Group.

    The more affordable E-Tron 50 variant is less powerful, relying on a 71kWh battery, a total output of 230kW/540Nm and an estimated driving range of 300km.

    The smaller battery allows for a weight saving of 120kg, and can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in 30 minutes on a 120kW fast charger.

    A new regenerative braking system will be offered on the E-Tron, which can be adjusted to three different stages of force through the steering- wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

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    AUDI AG has used the first of its Audi Tech Talks to detail and explain the charging capacity and capabilities of its looming E-Tron all-electric SUV ahead of its Australian arrival in September.

    Specifically referring to the higher-tier 55 variant – as opposed to the more affordable and less powerful 50 variant – Audi says the highlights of the E-Tron’s charging system are its “meaningful” charging speed and the almost flat charging curve.

    According to engineers, the E-Tron can be charged from five

    per cent to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes when using a fast-charging station and up to 100 per cent when left plugged in for 45 minutes.

    Just 10 minutes on a fast charger will result in 110km of range. The secret to this rapid charging is the E-Tron’s ability to be charged with up to 150kW of direct current for longer than other EVs thanks to “elaborate thermal management” of the 95kWh battery pack.

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    By ROBBIE WALLIS

    RIVAL Australian automotive engineering and manufacturing specialists Walkinshaw Automotive Group (WAG) and Premcar have teamed up to manufacture constant positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines to help in the fight against COVID-19.

    The two Melbourne-based companies first announced in March that they would be joining forces to lend a hand in the production of specialist medical equipment, however negotiations were continuing with government agencies on the exact nature of the equipment required.

    The partnership has now resulted in a production program for CPAP devices, which are crucial in the treatment of COVID-19.

    CPAP machines help deliver constant and steady air pressure to a patient, ensuring the airway does not collapse and greatly improving the patient’s chances of fighting the virus which compromises the respiratory system.

    The UCL-Ventura CPAPA machine is being manufactured locally under licence from University College London and Mercedes-AMG, which created the design for the product.

    One unique feature of the machine is the addition of a filtered exhaust to the mask, which eliminates the risk of further spreading the disease when used in conjunction with a facemask.

    WAG and Premcar said they have the capacity to manufacture, test and distribute up to 1000 CPAP

    units per month, for use both now and in the future.

    The CPAP machines differ from ‘ventilators’ commonly employed during COVID-19 in that they provide medical assistance at an earlier stage, and have been used extensively in China and Italy to combat the virus while allowing patients to remain conscious and communicative.

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    THE Ford Motor Company in the United States has turned up the heat in its efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19, fitting its Police Interceptor Utility with a new cabin-heating feature designed to “inactivate” any virus particles in the car.

    Developed with the help of the Ohio State University, the system works by baking the car’s interior at 56 degrees Celsius or higher for 15 minutes and is available now on all 2013-19 Police Interceptor Utility vehicles.

    When activated, the software

    purposely increases the engine temperature and raises the climate control and fan settings to their maximum settings to ensure the entire cabin has an ambient temperature of 56 degrees or above before a subsequent cooldown protocol is activated at the end of the 15 minutes.

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