“For me, with the number of miles I put on a car, I saw the benefits of going electric. I never have to stop at a gas station,” said Dr. Schattman. Living on a small coastal island without a place to install a Level 2 home charger, Dr. Schattman charges his e-tron at work, rarely ever using public DC fast chargers – or needing to pay for gas.
An award-winning professor, doctor for endocrinology and infertility, surgeon, and car enthusiast, Dr. Schattman commutes from his home in Connecticut to his office in New York during the work week – 47 to 50 miles each way by his estimation. He’s been an Audi enthusiast since 1993 when he bought an Audi 100 and has racked up more and more miles as family life took him from Manhattan to the suburbs of Connecticut.
Fifteen Audi vehicles later, he drives an e-tron he preordered in 2019 from Mohegan Lake Audi, while his wife drives an Audi Q5, and one of his sons drives an A4. Given a succession of his high-mileage cars throughout the years, Dr. Schattman wanted to figure out how to best help reduce his carbon footprint.
“I really wanted to go electric and I wanted to help reduce my impact,” he said. Dr. Schattman pored through EV and hybrid alternatives but kept coming back to the e-tron.
“The biggest compliment I can give this car is that it drives like an Audi. That’s because it is an Audi.”
“I looked at a competitive vehicle but never drove one. I've just heard a lot of stories of build quality. They were rushing cars through and they had issues with paint. And then squeaks and rattles and the other issues with build quality just wasn't something I was interested in spending that kind of money to get a car that was slapped together. When my e-tron came in, it was built like an Audi, well put together. Not a single rattle in the car. And it just drives beautifully.”
Dr. Schattman also gives credit to his local Audi dealer in New York for the service he receives.
“I think it's the ambassadors you have that make owning an Audi just a very pleasant experience.”
Dr. Schattman is a car enthusiast through and through, owning sports cars throughout the years. In a world moving from gasoline to electricity, he’s not about to give up his passion anytime soon.
“I've always been a car lover,” said Dr. Schattman. His wife, Claudia, has known that for a long time, too. For one of his birthdays, she gave Dr. Schattman the gift of professional driving lessons at a racing school.
“She got me hooked. That was it.”
Dr. Schattman would not only go on to earn his professional racing license, he would introduce two of his sons to the sport as well. Both have since earned their professional racing licenses, with the three of them sharing a small fleet of race cars.
Dr. Schattman races cars with his sons Dylan and Ben.
Dr. Schattman enjoys cars for all different reasons, from the thrill of driving on the track to the serene commute in an electric car. And all the questions he gets about his electric SUV.
“One of the coolest things about driving the e-tron in my neighborhood is when my neighbors ask me questions about it. It's because they hear and they see something different. As you're driving in a residential neighborhood, everybody kind of turns around, asking, ‘What is that?’” Dr. Schattman said. “I have so many people ask me questions, just because of that futuristic sound the car makes so people on the street can hear the car approaching. People expect to hear an engine and a tailpipe. It’s a very different engagement with a vehicle.”
Although he enjoys his e-tron, Dr. Schattman has been thinking ahead as miles continue to accumulate, from 50,000 miles and beyond. He is already talking to the sales staff at his local Audi dealer about what’s next. He wants to merge his love of high-performance cars and quality with going electric.
Naturally, he’s already mulling the idea of replacing his e-tron with a 2022 e-tron GT, which is scheduled to begin arriving on U.S. shores this summer.Read All Stories