As the electrified movement continues, Audi marches ahead with four more models added to the lineup. Audi has mild hybrids and a battery-electric vehicle, but the Ingolstadt brand will bring PHEV versions of the A6, A7, A8 and Q5 to the Geneva Motor Show. The A8 L 60 TFSI e is paired with a 3.0-liter V6 engine. The electronic motor works inside the eight-speed Tiptronic transmission. The combination gives an output of 443 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The “comfort” models in the remaining models come in 50 TFSI e producing 295 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, paired with an electric motor in a dual-clutch transmission. The “performance” version, the 55 TFSI e trims, boost 363 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, with S line features. The Audi S line includes a black styling package, privacy windows, sport suspension, and red brake calipers.
Audi E-Tron features include an active accelerator pedal and navigation system to predict best application of power. Each car uses a 14.1-kWh battery, with the lithium-ion units in the A6, A7 and A8 having 104 pouch cells divided into eight modules. The only variant is the Q5, using prismatic cells. The batteries will be below the trunk space, powering 24.8 miles of electric driving on the WLTP cycle. The A8 has one trim for the long-wheelbase L model, but all other models will get two trim levels. There are several modes to chose from when driving including Comfort, Efficiency, Auto and Dynamic (sport). These modes are joined with EV, Auto and Hold moves to help decide how and when the battery is used and charged. Using the Auto feature, the vehicles drive in EV until the ICE is needed. Minor deceleration helps recoup up to 80 kW in the electric motor, sharing braking with the hydraulic system up to 0.4 G, afterwards the hydraulic brakes take over completely.
All the Audi EV models go home with cables for both home and commercial sockets, plus a control panel. With a 7.2-kW charger, the battery will take about two hours to refill the battery. A ‘Level 3’ cable is available for purchase to expedite the charging time. More information will be released during the Geneva Motor Show.
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