The Nitty Gritty Details On Audi’s Two-Pedal EV Braking System

On our recent first drive of the all-electric Audi e-tron crossover, we learned how the company wants the driving experience to feel completely natural for first-time EV owners. Yes, there is the brisk acceleration and quiet ride typical of EVs, but most drivers in a 2019 Audi e-tron will forget that its power is supplied by an electric motor or regenerated during braking.

When we wrote about the drive, the specific point that stirred the biggest reaction – some in favor and others strongly opposed – was Audi’s decision to make one-pedal EV driving unnecessary. “One-pedal driving is a thing of the past,” declared Carter Balkcom, Audi’s global product marketing manager for electric vehicles.

To be clear, EV drivers who are devoted to the one-pedal approach – in which lifting your foot off the accelerator pedal brings the car quickly to a stop – can still make it happen in the Audi e-tron SUV. But it requires searching through a couple of menus on the dashboard, finding the “Efficiency Assist” screen, and setting it to Manual.

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