Audi wants to seamlessly connect its future e-tron EV to an intelligently connected home (Image: Audi)

Audi’s upcoming e-tron electric SUV will be offered with an optional 22kW charging system that connects to a domestic energy management system via the home's wi-fi. This will allow owners to charge on optimized electricity tariffs or to prioritize charging on home-generated solar electricity, if the house is equipped with photovoltaic panels.

The system can forecast sunny phases as well as balance the electricity demand around the house and flow from the grid, Audi said.

Owners will be able to set their preferences and check data on charging progress or electricity consumption via the MyAudi web portal or related smartphone app. The connected charging system is offered in partnership with SMA Solar Technology and Hager Group.

“We want an electric car that fits seamlessly into the intelligently connected home to provide genuine added value for the customer,” said Audi’s head of product marketing, Fermin Soneira, in a statement. “That is why we have teamed up with the two leading suppliers of home energy management systems.”

-Farah Alkhalisi