Everything you need to know about Audi’s electric vehicle lineup
With tough new emissions regulations, more car brands are building electric cars to diversify their lineup and compete in the EV race. The European Union has mainly asked car manufacturers to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40%. Audi is no exception, and since the release of the e-Tron, the luxury brand has produced many other electric models. For the 2022 model year, Audi currently offers seven electric models.
Some of Audi’s new EVs include the 2022 Q5 TFSI e, 2022 e-Tron Sportback, and 2022 e-Tron S. They plan to increase the number in the future, and plans have already been put in place. implemented. Other Volkswagen Group brands, such as Porsche, have also electrified their range. The Volkswagen Group has also pledged to invest $34 billion in building hybrid and electric variants of its cars. From new releases to plans, here’s everything you need to know about Audi’s electric vehicle lineup.
ten Audi plans to go all-electric by 2026
Yes, you read that right. Audi plans to switch to an all-electric brand. According to the management, Audi will mainly focus on electric vehicles after 2026. They will also phase out petrol, diesel and hybrid models. With this new development, Audi would likely be in direct competition with Tesla shortly.
Audi is not the only brand to want to go all-electric. Ford Motors has announced that it will mainly offer electric cars in Europe by 2030. Other car brands like Volvo and Jaguar have also made similar statements.
9 Electric platforms
Currently, Audi has four different electric platforms for its electric cars. These include the MLB evo, J1 Performance Platform, Modular Electric Drive Toolbox (MEB) and Premium Electric Platform (PPE). The MLB evo platform has a 95 kWh battery, two electric motors and a power of 300 kW. Porsche has developed the J1 Performance platform for the Taycan model, and Audi will have access to the platform.
The high-performance platform features an 800 V battery structure, two permanently excited synchronous motors and a fast charging capacity of up to 350 kW. Audi’s MEB (Modular Electric Drive Toolkit) platform will be used for small and medium cars. On the other hand, the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) will be used for medium and large premium vehicles.
8 Nearly 60% growth in electric vehicle sales in 2021
2021 has been quite a tough year for manufacturers with chip shortages and then the covid-19 pandemic. Most automakers have seen their sales numbers plummet, but Audi has not.
Despite the hurdles of the previous year, Audi achieved a 57.5% increase in sales of its all-electric cars. The luxury automaker sold 81,894 units of electric cars in 2021, surpassing its 2020 sales. Audi achieved the feat with eight electric vehicles on sale, and the automaker plans to add another 12 electric vehicles to its lineup by 2025.
7 Audi charging stations
On December 23, 2021, Audi opened its first charging hub at the exhibition grounds in Nuremberg, Germany. The charging hub has a lounge, and according to the brand, they plan to offer a premium experience.
With an intermediate storage of around 2.45 MWh, the Audi charging hub at the Nuremberg exhibition grounds can charge 80 electric vehicles per day without depleting its energy storage. There are currently six charging points at the hub, and customers can reserve them through the myAudi app.
6 Audi e-tron GT 2022
The e-Tron GT is Audi’s high-performance electric sedan with the same underpinnings as the Porsche Taycan. With a starting price of $103,445, the 2022 e-Tron GT is more expensive than the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S.
The e-Tron GT uses an 85.0 kWh lithium-ion battery, while its RS version has a 93.4 kWh battery with 637 horsepower. Generally, the interior of the sedan is upscale with a range of luxury features available. The e-Tron GT has a fuel economy of 74MPGe.
5 Audi AI: trail concept
Probably one of the most intriguing electric car concepts, the Audi AI:Trail is a marvel. Audi showed off the concept car at the 2019 IAA and has since handed the car over to auto critics for review.
The first notable thing about the concept is its panoramic view. Audi has included different levels of autonomous driving, but the driver still has to drive if the terrain is rough. For power, the EV has an output of 320 kW and a torque of 737.6 lb-ft. Instead of headlights, the car’s path is illuminated by five drones.
4 Audi Dakar rally electric car
Audi took part in the Dakar rally for the first time in 2022, and the manufacturer decided to use an EV. However, this is not the first time that Audi has competed with an electric car in motorsport.
The manufacturer won the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans with an electric R18 e-Tron, Quattro. For the 2022 Dakar Rally, Audi used a hybrid car with a 52 kWh battery – the RS Q e-Tron. The EV’s battery is charged on the go by a 2.0-litre, 14-litre turbocharged engine. In turn, the engine is powered by a generator attached to it.
3 Audi Artemis project
The Artemis project aims to develop a luxury sedan to compete with the Mercedes-Benz EQS. Although development is ongoing, the sedan is known as the Landjet, but it will be marketed as the A9 E-Tron. The Landjet is built on the Premium Electric Platform (PPE) and debuted at the 2021 Munich Motor Show.
Audi’s new sedan has a 120 kWh battery with an output of 530 kW and 960 Nm of torque. Porsche was part of the production deal, but they just pulled out. As compensation for the broken agreement, Porsche will have to pay Volkswagen $113 million.
2 2023 Audi Q4 E-Tron
To expand its electric range, Audi has made electric versions of its gasoline models. The 2022 Q4 E-Tron is the electric version of the Audi Q5. With its 77.0 kWh battery, the Q4 E-Tron delivers 201 to 295 horsepower depending on the trim level.
The interior of the EV is packed with technology and luxury features. There’s a 10.3″ digital driver display, a 10.1″ infotainment touchscreen and a head-up display with augmented reality.
1 2022 Audi E-Tron S
Unlike the regular E-Tron, the E-Tron S 2022 has three electric motors. These engines are capable of a combined output of 496 horsepower, 718 lb-ft of torque and a 0-60 mph acceleration rate of 4.3 seconds.
The E-Tron S has an 86.5 kWh lithium-ion battery with a range of 208 miles per charge. However, this is less than the 241 miles per charge of the Q4 E-Tron 2022. With its unique features, the E-Tron S still falls short of the Tesla Model X. The Tesla Model X 2022 has 670 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.
Audi always strives to be one step ahead of the competition, and with its futuristic vision and technology, the e-tron Sportback achieves this goal.
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