Giltrap Audi Charges into the Lead

Giltrap Audi will soon have a 175kW DC fast-charger on site, meaning an Audi e-tron EV can be charged from zero to 80% in under 40 minutes.

This big step forward is thanks to a partnership between Audi and ABB, the globally recognized electrification leader.

Audi and ABB are jointly nearing the completion of their partnership to bring charging points to Audi Authorised Dealerships nationwide, offering both AC & DC charging solutions. 

Audi states that ABB has unrivalled expertise in developing sustainable transport solutions. Since entering the EVcharging market a decade ago, ABB has sold more than 14,000 ABB DC fast chargers across more than 80 countries.  

Working in partnership, Audi New Zealand and ABB New Zealand have developed a roll out plan of 50kW and 175kW ABB chargers across the New Zealand Audi dealer network. The rollout includes New Zealand’s first 175kW DC fast-charger, enabling the new Audi e-tron EV to be charged up to 80in less than 40 minutes. The 175kW DC fast-charger (an ABB Terra HP high power charging unit) will be located at the Christchurch Audi dealership. Giltrap Audi in Auckland will soon have a 175kw DC charger installed also. 

In the meantime, the other nine Audi dealerships are home to the ABB Terra 54 charger; a 50kW DC charger which delivers a full 400km charge in two hours.  

“Audi is the first automotive brand in New Zealand to invest in this level of charging infrastructure right throughout the country,” says Dean Sheed, General Manager, Audi New Zealand. 

It can be utilised immediately by our Audi e-tron customers, adding to the premium customer support we have in place for our owners. We expect other brands to follow our lead thereby raising the charging capability for the country and keeping New Zealand at a world class level.

The full-size Audi e-tron SUV boasts two electric motors with a total output of 300kW and 664Nm of torque and has a 0-100km/h time of 5.7 seconds. It will cover over 400km on a single charge and is the first series production vehicle that can charge at fast charging stations with direct current (DC) at up to 150kW. It is also comfortable charging its 95kWh battery at home using normal 240-volt AC power in a “top-up” scenario.

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