Audi Increases the Electric Range of the Q5, A6 and A7 Plug-in Hybrid Versions

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Key criteria for whoever is interested in buying a plug-in hybrid vehicle instead a conventional fuel-fed one: the extent of its electric range is crucial. It’s all about the idea of not burning gasoline anymore while driving, if possible.
Yet, many of the actual plug-in hybrids are not really convincing in this respect, and they know it at Audi. Upgrading the batteries of some plug-in hybrid versions, Audi is now trying to get in front of the competition. And yes, we can confirm there is a clear difference compared to the already known models.

The Audi Q5 TFSI e and Audi Q5 Sportback TFSI e as well as the A6 Sedan, A6 Avant, and A7 Sportback plug-in hybrids now have a 17.9 kWh lithium-ion storage battery in the rear instead of their previous gross capacity of 14.1 kWh. As a result, the electric range increases to up to 91 kilometers (A6 Sedan 50 TFSI e) in the NEDC cycle, depending on the model. The maximum charging speed is 7.4 kW. This allows the Audi PHEV models to be fully charged in around two-and-a-half hours when connected to a sufficiently powerful power connection.

The dimensions of the lithium-ion battery have not changed despite its increased energy content. The luggage capacity, usability, and variability remain unchanged: Depending on the model, the luggage capacity is between 405 liters (A6 Avant) and 465 liters (Q5). With the rear bench seat folded down, the maximum space for luggage increases to 1,535 liters (A6 Avant) and 1,405 liters (Q5), respectively.

These five part-time electric vehicles have another new feature: In addition to the familiar operating modes “EV,” “Auto,” and “Hold,” there is now a fourth operating mode called “Charge” mode. It allows the battery to be charged by the combustion engine while driving, if necessary, for example before driving into environmentally restricted zones.

The Q5 SUV, A6 Sedan, and A7 Sportback models are available in two output variants: as a 55 TFSI e with a system output of 367 PS and as a 50 TFSI e, with 299 PS. Both variants combine a 2.0 TFSI engine with an electric motor that is integrated in the seven-speed S tronic direct-shift transmission.
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