Audi is planning to showcase new plug-in hybrid models of Q5, A6, A7 and A8 at the upcoming automobile extravaganza - Geneva International Motor Show, scheduled to take place in the first week of March 2019. The German brand has been consistently working towards diversifying its electric range and also introducing its plug-in hybrid models simultaneously. These models will make their way to India in mid-2019.
Audi will offer two variants of the above-mentioned cars - a comfort model and a variant with sporty specifications to its customers, depending on the model series. The plug-in hybrid vehicles will be carrying a new badge called - TFSI e and the e-tron label will be carried exclusively by the electric cars manufactured by the brand. The plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are powered by a turbo-charged engine that works together with an electric motor. The electric motor is integrated with the transmission and powered by a lithium-ion battery. During acceleration, the electric motor works in tandem with the combustion engine and results in powerful acceleration and high start-off performance. The electric-only range of the PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) is 40 Km, making the short city rides an ease.
The lithium-ion battery of A6, A7 and A8 stores 14.1 kWh of energy at a voltage of 385 V. Q5's lithium battery comprises of prismatic cells and have the same capacity. Speaking about the models specifically - the powertrain of Q5, A6 and A7 follow the same concept - the electric motor is integrated in the dual-clutch transmission, and the conventional engine makes sure that there is an ample amount of output and torque. Audi A6 and A7 are available in two power output levels and different boost performance.
The A8 PHEV consists of a combustion engine and a permanently excited synchronous motor as an electric motor. The electric motor is integrated in the eight-gear tiptronic, that passes the torque through quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
The PHEVs have 3 modes - EV, Hold and Auto. With the help of an operating mode button, the driver can choose from three basic settings i.e. Electric Drive, Fully automatic hybrid mode and save power mode. Audi is also giving the basic charging equipment for the PHEVs that includes a charging cable and a control panel. The vehicles take approximately two hours for a complete charge from a source of 7.2 kW output. Customers can also use the 'myAudi' app to view range status, charge status and consumption figures.