2015 Audi A4 PHEV With AWD Electric e-Quattro System In The Works

FEB 10 2015 BY MARK KANE 7

Production jubilee in Audi’s mid-sized range: 20 years of Audi A4 at Ingolstadt plant

Production jubilee in Audi’s mid-sized range: 20 years of Audi A4 at Ingolstadt plant

The upcoming 2015 Audi A4 (available this summer) will be electrified with a new hybrid four-wheel drive system named e-Quattro.

e-Quattro consists of two electric motors – one in the rear, and one in the front combined with a front-mounted combustion engine for total of over 400 hp.

“In range topping spec an output of over 400bhp is expected, comprised of a 292bhp combustion engine, 54bhp electric motor contained within the transmission itself, and 116bhp electric motor driving the rear wheels.

When cruising at a constant pace, just the front wheels will be driven by the combustion engine, while urban driving can make sole use of the rear-axle’s electric motor. When full performance and grip is required, the system can then offer maximum propulsion in all-wheel drive.”

Audi A4 e-Quattro will get better fuel economy than the conventional version, despite additional weight for the electric part of the drivetrain (especially batteries).

The German manufacturer is also preparing to equip new models with wireless charging by 2017.

Source: evo.co.uk

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7 Comments on "2015 Audi A4 PHEV With AWD Electric e-Quattro System In The Works"

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e-Quattro is kind of like nuclear fusion — always a couple years in the future. If they would have shipped it a few years ago I’d probably be driving a new Audi PHEV instead of waiting for delivery of a Model S. But at this point my expectations have moved on and it’s hard for me to imagine giving an ICE car (including PHEV) a second look, ever again. (We’ll see if I still feel that way after a couple years with the MS.)

The 54hp electric motor means likely pairing with the usual small battery. Good choice to go with ~10 times as much, in a Model S. Just a bit more money, that’s all.

Actually, the article says 54hp in the transmission plus 116hp on the rear wheels. Not as lame. Still not attracting me away from the MS, not even if it were actually shipping and not just at the usual now+2 years.

One the one hand, I have to believe these “low EV range” PHEVs will be a gateway drug to EREVS (with higher batter range) and pure EVS. Certainly, Pam Fletcher (over the Volt) indicated the number one, two and three requests of Volt owners for gen 2 was more EV range, more EV range and more EV range.

On the flipside, if we look at existing hybrid versions of these cars like BMW’s ActiveHybrid3 they haven’t sold particularly well and needed incentives to move at all. They were typically priced at the top of that model’s spectrum. It just isn’t clear what the take rate will be on these derivatives.

I consider this a very viable car, depending upon what the final stats actually are. With PHEV’s, YMMV applies 10-times as much as with gas cars, so here is how I would personally judge Audi’s final product:

1) Will it drive my personal daily commute in pure EV mode without needing charging at work.

2) Will it drive to the distant destinations I need to go.

3) Will it allow me to drive on roads without putting on chains when my State mandates chains on any vehicle that doesn’t have AWD.

Right now I know the 85D fits all 3 through the use of Superchargers that they have already installed on the routes where I need them. If the Audi A4 PHEV can do the same for a lower price without the need for visiting superchargers, and I end up having to use gas for 10% or less of the miles I drive, I would be happy with the Audi A4 PHEV.

Audi’s problem is that the Mitsubishi PHEV SUV will probably also do 1-3 for me, and likely for much less. Maybe even sooner too.

thats cute

Wow, very good! The future is now!