Audi has introduced three prototype models before using the old battery of the e-tron and is now working on some new models as well. The company has said that the electric rickshaw made from the old battery of Audi e-tron in India will be launched in the early months of 2023. These e-rickshaws will first be launched under a pilot project.
Pradeep Chatterjee, founder of the startup, claims that the Audi e-tron battery can be used in other small vehicles even after getting old. He said that old lithium-ion batteries are cheap and can be used in small vehicles like e-rickshaw or e-cargo. This will reduce the cost of electric vehicle and will also make it more affordable for the people.
Let us tell you that electric car batteries are designed to last for a very long time. It can last as long as the life-cycle of a car. Even after the end of the car’s life cycle, the battery still has a lot of capacity and can be used in small electric vehicles with low power.
The Audi e-tron has been made available in India in three variants which include e-tron 50, e-tron 55 and e-tron Sportback. Prices of the Audi e-tron range start from ₹ 99.99 Lakh (ex-showroom, India). The Completely Built Unit (CBU) of the Audi e-tron is being imported into India.
A 71 kWh battery pack has been used in the Audi e-tron 50. Its electric motor is capable of generating 308 Bhp of power and 540 Nm of peak torque. The more powerful Audi e-tron 55 and e-tron Sportback 55 use a 95 kWh battery pack with two electric motors combined to generate 402 bhp of power and 664 Nm of torque. The company claims a range of 359 km on the e-tron 50 while the e-tron 55 can deliver a range of up to 484 km on a single charge.
Audi virtual cockpit, ambient lighting, four-zone climate control, 360-degree camera, wireless charging, heads-up display, eight airbags are available in the e-tron. A portable 11 kW compact charger comes with different models of the Audi e-tron.
Even after being used in cars and rickshaws, lithium-ion batteries have some capacity left. Such batteries can be used to power LED lights or small appliances. Recycling lithium-ion batteries before they are fully utilized will also reduce lithium mining and allow longer reserves of lithium.