Concerning the Audi E-Tron

around 54 miles of range in just 10 minutes

163 miles of range in around 30 minutes

$1.00 to plug in, plus $0.30 to $0.35 per minute on a charge

My first thought was to compare that with my wife’s ‘18 Outback:

Going with $0.30/minute, 54 miles of range is $4.00. Gas is currently $2.439/gal where I’m at, so 54 miles of range at 30mpg is $4.39. Then, 163 miles of range is $10 at the charger and $13.25 at the pump, with the same parameters.


Now obviously, my gas is a lot cheaper than big metro areas, and I assume charging at home is a lot cheaper than these Level 3 chargers the article talks about. I’m just kinda surprised that it’s not life-changingly cheaper for the EV. Obviously, the interior and luxury stuff blows an Outback out of the water, but the E-Tron is twice as expensive.

How about for my ‘04 Grand Cherokee that recommends premium? It gets 19mpg on the highway and premium is $3.239/gal here, so 54 miles of range is $9.21 and 163 miles is $27.79. Now there’s a big difference.

But my gas-loving Jeep is from a different era. What about a new Grand Cherokee 4x4 V6? It uses regular gas and is rated 25mpg highway, so $5.27 for 54 miles and $15.90 for 163. Not huge, but that’ll add up over time. It’s just that a Grand Cherokee Summit is $24k cheaper than the E-Tron.

Finally, let’s stay in-house. The article says the E-Tron is bigger than the Q5 and smaller than the Q7. The Q5 is 27mpg on premium; the Q7 is 25mpg also on premium. So that’s $6.48/$19.55 for the Q5 and $7.00/$21.11 for the Q7.


So if you’re comparing to something that uses premium fuel, you could cut your “gas” costs in half, even using these Level 3 chargers (again, charging at home is going to be cheaper still). But you can’t forget that the E-Tron is $21k more than a top-trim Q5 and $6k more than a top-trim Q7. I’m tempted to set up a spreadsheet to see how long it’d take to recoup that cost.

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