Audi Announces 4 New Plug-In Hybrids: Q5, A6, A7 & A8

FEB 25 2019 BY MARK KANE 17

Four Audi PHEVs with 14.1 kWh batteries and >40 km (25 mi) of WLTP EV range

Audi revealed more details on its new plug-in hybrid models, which will be unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. There will be a total of four, all to be available for order later this year:

  • Audi Q5 TFSI e (two versions – comfort and performance)
  • Audi A6 TFSI e (two versions – comfort and performance)
  • Audi A7 Sportback TFSI e (two versions – comfort performance)
  • Audi A8 TFSI e

All the new plug-in hybrids are to be signed by “TFSI e” as the “e-tron” badge is to be reserved for all-electric models. New PHEVs get turbo-charged gasoline engines with direct injection that works together with an electric motor that is integrated into the transmission. The A8 will – as the only one – get an all-wheel-drive system.

The sporty, performance variants of Q5, A6, A7 get:

  • an S line exterior package as standard
  • a more tightly tuned suspension
  • drive setup with higher boost performance of the electric motor for more dynamic handling.
  • sporty touches in the interior
  • In addition, the A6 and A7 will get
    • a black styling package with darkened trims
    • brake calipers painted in red
    • and privacy window glazing in the rear compartment.

The batteries in the new plug-in hybrids will have a capacity of 14.1 kWh for more than 40 km (25 miles) of expected WLTP all-electric range. The exact number will differ between models. Batteries will be installed beneath the luggage compartment floor, which probably could mean some trunk capacity compromise.

The A6 TFSI e, A7 Sportback TFSI e and A8 TFSI e will have 104 pouch cells, while the Q5 TFSI e will get prismatic cells (pack capacity remains the same).

Regenerative braking power will be up to 80 kW.

“The lithium-ion battery for the A6, A7 and A8 is made up of 104 pouch cells, which are combined in eight modules. It stores 14.1 kWh of energy at a voltage of 385 V. The lithium-ion battery in the Q5 comprises prismatic cells and has the same capacity. In each case, the cooling circuit of the battery is integrated in the low-temperature circuit, which supplies the electric motor and the power electronics. The power electronics transform the direct current of the high voltage-battery into a three-phase current for the electric motor; when recuperating, it does the opposite. The standard heat pump ensures efficient vehicle climate control and can generate up to 3 kW of heat energy from 1 kW of electrical energy with the waste heat occurring in the vehicle.”

Positive news is that all models will be equipped with a standard heat pump, which should be able to provide up to 3 kW of heat using just 1 kW of electricity.

The New Plug-In Hybrid Models: Audi Q5, A6, A7 and A8

A6 TFSI e specs:

  • 14.1 kWh battery liquid cooled (104 pouch cells, which are combined in eight modules)
  • 385 V system voltage
  • more than 40 km (25 miles) of WLTP all-electric range
  • direct injection that works together with an electric motor (PMSM) that is integrated in the eight-gear tiptronic transmission
  • 7.2 kW on-board charger for about 2-hour recharge

A7 Sportback TFSI e specs:

  • 14.1 kWh battery liquid cooled (104 pouch cells, which are combined in eight modules)
  • 385 V system voltage
  • more than 40 km (25 miles) of WLTP all-electric range
  • direct injection that works together with an electric motor (PMSM) that is integrated in the eight-gear tiptronic transmission
  • 7.2 kW on-board charger for about 2-hour recharge

A8 TFSI e specs:

  • 14.1 kWh battery liquid cooled (104 pouch cells, which are combined in eight modules)
  • 385 V system voltage
  • more than 40 km (25 miles) of WLTP all-electric range
  • direct injection that works together with an electric motor (PMSM) that is integrated in the eight-gear tiptronic transmission
  • all-wheel drive
  • 7.2 kW on-board charger for about 2-hour recharge

Q5 TFSI e specs:

  • 14.1 kWh battery liquid cooled (prismatic cells, which are combined in eight modules)
  • 385 V system voltage
  • more than 40 km (25 miles) of WLTP all-electric range
  • direct injection that works together with an electric motor (PMSM) that is integrated in the eight-gear tiptronic transmission
  • 7.2 kW on-board charger for about 2-hour recharge

Press blast:

Efficient and Powerful: The New Plug-In Hybrid Models Audi Q5, A6, A7 and A8

  • Audi A8, A7 Sportback, A6 and Q5 as plug-in hybrids with a strong electric motor, high battery capacity and a new drive strategy
  • An electric range of more than 40 km according to WLTP
  • Convenient and networked charging with myAudi app

In electric-only mode not just free of local emissions but also efficient and sporty – Audi is consistently pursuing its electrification strategy with its comprehensive plug-in hybrid offensive. Audi is presenting the hybrid variants of the models A8, A7 Sportback, A6 and Q5 with an electric range of more than 40 kilometers in the WLTP cycle at the Geneva Motor Show. Thanks to different output levels, the customer has the choice between a comfort variant and a performance variant with a sporty design, depending on the model series. The new plug-in hybrid models will be available for order during the course of the year 2019.

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17 Comments on "Audi Announces 4 New Plug-In Hybrids: Q5, A6, A7 & A8"

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“..3 kW of heat energy from 1 kW of electrical energy with the waste heat occurring in the vehicle.”
Smart

Will these be available in the US?

I dont think americans are that stupid to buy VW-Group and their crap after being cheated

Yeah, we proved the world we’re smart alright.

That depends, how many A3 e-trons did you guys buy?

Good question. I see a few on the road locally, but I don’t know how it sold, and I do know they don’t have a new one…

Do Not Read Between The LInes

Have to give them credit for this improvement. (In CARB states, China and Quebec)

Hopefully they will go further and offer a vegan interior option like Tesla 🐮🐰.

Vehicles of this caliber ought to have, at least, an 18kwh battery for adequate ev range. Very disappointing.

They will have batteries large enough to deliver 50 km on NEDC cycle in order to be considered PHEVs under Chinese new energy vehicle requirements. Little reason to go larger than that, few customers actually buy high range PHEVs due to cost. Volt was discontinued. Clarity PHEV will likely last as long as tax credits.

These are primarily meant to be Euro compliance vehicles as the Euro standards have increased.

It is an incremental improvement over their first generation but it still trails the AER of the 2011 Chevy Volt from 8 years ago!

But only by a couple KWh. What’s sad, is Chevy spent ~$1,000/KWh in its 16KWh battery, while Audi is effectively turning down ~$200/KWh for those last ~2.

These cars must be the answer to the yanked PHEVs, of last year?

When the US Federal government chose 16KWh as the minimum volume to capture the entire tax-credit, they landed very close to the number many might agree was necessary. It wasn’t a mandate, as much as an incentive to reach an agreeable target. At least, we’re almost there!

Wow! Great options. I definitely would have purchased one of these, EIGHT years ago, instead of my 2011 Leaf. 🙁

It’s depressing that it has taken us so long to get here, as these should all have been options in 2013-15 or so. But at least it is progress.

The Q5 they describe is exactly the car my wife wanted 3 years ago. I wish I could have gotten it then. And her typical days drive is 29 miles, which combined with a charger at work makes this an electric car 99 days out of 100, and a hybrid the 4 times a year we need long range travel. Really wish this had been available a couple years ago.

Nothing written about the ICE efficiency, nor fuel consumption…

Low mileage (25 mpg) luxury cars with hint of EV power (25 miles) and some hybrid capability that might boot the hybrid mpg to 30. Since it doesn’t really do much for emissions and they’ll be much more expensive than gasoline versions, who would be the market for these vehicles. Volvo has a similar line coming out, PHEV with overall low MPG. In fairness as we see with Subaru’s Crosstrek PHEV, normal driver could cut their emissions by 50% with a PHEV version of their current car but the 25% additional cost to do that is steep.

As we see with Kona/Niro and Tesla base model 3, there’s huge demand for a 40k, 250m EV but no one, not even Tesla, can afford to build one. Can China do it once Trump is out of office? They seem to build a lot of EV’s for domestic market and have a glut. Hyundai and Kia built dealer networks quickly in the US.

No mention of horsepower from the motor integrated in the transmission, so I assume it’s not very much. Quite underwhelming, although it would have worked for me 5 years ago with my limited daily urban driving. The German manufacturers cooperated with their component suppliers to build the wrong kind of PHEV! Imagine if the motor on a separate axle like the ignored BMW i8: you get high performance and AWD and thus can replace ICE models. Instead it’s a premium car for the small group of people who want to reduce their emissions but can’t spring for a pure BEV.