The day has come when it is possible to leave with the whole family for a CO2 free weekend. A fun and relaxing weekend to do yourself and the planet good. It seemed like a distant future, however, here we are experimenting with the test-drive of the new Audi Q4 e-tron full electric. A Compact C-SUV from the external dimensions of an Audi Q3, but with a roominess of an Audi Q7, that is, of two higher categories. A car suitable for family trips and weekend outings without the fear of having to reload.
You travel without recharging
A turn di 320 kilometers from Verona to Cortina, and back, designed to tackle any type of road. From those towns, to the motorway, to the steep white mountain roads with slopes far exceeding 10 percent. The electric all-wheel drive of the Audi Q4 e-tron helps a lot. Lots of fun with some attention to being CO2 free even outside the car. On the hills of Verona, at the Delser Manor House, we picked up our Q4 version 50 e-tron quattro with 299 horsepower and quattro electric drive. Upon departure, the cockpit 10.25-inch digital, scored 421 kilometers of autonomy with 95 percent battery. It was the first time I looked at autonomy. The second and last time will be at the return of the trip. The purpose of the test, in fact, is to demonstrate that you can travel in electric with peace of mind without the hassle of the column.
After a quick briefing inside the new structure, which for decades housed one of the largest water reserves in the Verona area, now in disuse, in the early afternoon, we set the goal on the new 11.6 inch MMI display. Destination Mart. In fact, during the trial period and until 29 August 2021, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto hosts the exhibition Picasso, de Chirico, Dalì – Dialogue with Raphael. It can be visited, complete with a guide, in just over half an hour, this very interesting exhibition is also suitable for an audience of minors. In summary, it represents an unprecedented study on the way in which Raffello’s art has influenced three of the most important protagonists of the twentieth century. Picasso, de Chirico and Dalí precisely. The texts can only be the indomitable Vittorio Sgarbi.
Being sustainable is a way of life
Traveling by electric is fun and exciting. The credit goes to the 299 horsepower of the Audi Q4 e-tron which gives the car an acceleration from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 6.2 seconds. Furthermore, the torque vectoring of the quattro electric drive combined with the sporty suspension of the shock absorbers, they offer many emotions even when cornering. An extremely enjoyable car that conceals its power from those outside precisely because it is silent. An absolutely intimate experience. Not even his gritty appearance lets the information about performance that Audi Q4 e-tron can demonstrate on the street.
Zero indiscretions, as zero are the carbon dioxide emissions emitted by the permanent magnet synchronous rear electric motor and asynchronous front unit. Thus, even the hotel chosen for the night is carbon neutral. The Lefay di Pinzolo, in fact, is certified by ClimaHotel. This certifies the high level of energy efficiency of the structure.A hotel capable of neutralizing its emissions. On the one hand, through the use of a power plant for the production of clean energy and on the other through the purchase of CERs credits. And before the zero kilometer dinner, a dip in the 5,000 square meter SPA pool.
The concept of zero emissions is closely linked to that of eco-fiendly and biodiversity. That’s why the next morning, the planned itinerary leads to Adamello Brenta Natural Park. The people responsible for the Apinzolo project. An exceptional sowing of plants and flowers suitable for pollinating insects and the construction of bio-hotels for insects on a small portion of the 3000 square meters of park area reserved for this operation. The basic idea is recreate the original habitat to allow the repopulation of wild bees (you know the Maya bee) which in the last 5 years have suffered a 65 percent collapse of units.
In reality, what is not expected is the path literally immersed in nature. But not on foot, by car. A few kilometers, very demanding, and significant to demonstrate the off-road capabilities of the Audi Q4 e-tron and battery sealing even in extreme situations. Obviously, being electric and quiet, our Audi Q4 e-tron did not cause any disturbance either to the fauna of the park or to hikers on foot or by bicycle.
After a short eating break in Pra de la Casa, in the locality of Brenta Bassa, the next stage of the test drive takes us to Malga Ritorto above Madonna di Campiglio at an altitude of 1750 meters. An open-air theater: in front of the whiteness of the Dolomites, behind the dark magmatic rock of the Adamello. A protected area free oil, without the possibility of access by combustion cars. A pleasant picnic to discover all the initiatives related to living the nature of the Madonna di Campiglio-Pinzolo tourism promotion company.
Recharge while traveling
When recharging in alternating current (AC) with powers up to 11 kilowatts, the Audi Q4 e-tron has the ability to refuel also in direct current (DC) from the HPC columns with power sino a 125 kilowatt. This means that in 10 minutes, the compact four-ring SUV absorbs enough energy to travel 130 kilometers WLTP. But one of the advantages of the combined electric-mountain car is the reliable recharging during the descent phases. In fact, in the 147 kilometers of the return, more than 100 kilometers were regenerated thanks to the electric motor of the Audi Q4 e-tron. In the braking sections, this works as a perfect alternator without the need to touch the brakes.
Braking can be easily managed with i due paddle placed behind the steering wheel. Right lever to increase glide and thus let the car slide. Left lever to increase braking, a consequence of greater recharging that occurs through the transformation of the mechanical energy given by the rolling of the wheels into electrical energy. This happens precisely through the electric motor in its function as the car’s alternator.
A journey of more than three hours that from the heights of Madonna di Campiglio took us to the hills of Bleggio up to the lakeside of Riva del Larga to then return to the A22 with return to the Delser Manor House in Verona. And before going down, a quick check of the electrical data. Battery at 16 percent, remaining range of 78 kilometers and average consumption of the two days of test drive of 17.2 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers. Test passed: it is possible to travel for an entire weekend along any type of road without the hassle of charging. A perfect CO2 free weekend! Audi Q4 e-tron prices starting from 45,700 euros.