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Audi’s new plugin Q5 spearheads electric offensive

Wednesday, 29th May, 2019 4:27pm


Audi is proceeding full-steam ahead with its electrification offensive. The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro with 367hp system output is the first of the new plug-in models from Audi.

The drive concept comprises a combustion engine and an electric motor with intelligent controller, enabling it to cover most everyday driving distances electrically. The WLTP all-electric range is more than 40 kilometres.

The new drive concept comprises a 2.0 TFSI, a four-cylinder, turbocharged gasoline engine producing 252hp and 370Nm of torque, and an electric motor. It and the separating clutch are integrated into the seven-speed S tronic, which uses ultra technology to transfer the drive torque to the quattro drivetrain.

The hybrid SUV impresses with a system output of 270kW (367hp) and total torque of 500Nm just above idle, namely from 1,250rpm. Acceleration from 0 to 100km/h takes 5.3 seconds; top speed is 239km/h.

According to the standard for plug-in hybrid vehicles, fuel consumption ranges from 2.4 – 2.1 l/100km, corresponding to 53 – 46g/km of CO2. Its electric range in the WLTP cycle is more than 40 kilometres. Top speed in electric mode is 135km/h, enough for motorway driving.

The Q5 55 TFSI e marks the first time that the efficiency-optimised all-wheel drive with ultra technology is used in combination with an electric motor.

The all-wheel drive system’s intelligent control works predictively, always looking ahead by means of sensors and the continuous analysis of the data collected on driving dynamics and driver behaviour.

The quattro all-wheel drive system is thus always ready when needed. At low loads and a sufficient coefficient of friction between the wheels and the road surface, the transmission of power to the rear wheels is deactivated. The drivetrain then functions with high efficiency as a front-wheel drive system.

All-wheel drive is deactivated whenever it is not needed, but it remains available at all times. Fast, automatic activation of the all-wheel drive system follows a three-stage strategy: proactive, predictive and reactive.

By networking quattro drive with Audi drive select, drivers can adjust not just the character of the engine, but also the all-wheel-drive properties to suit their individual preferences.

The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro comes standard with the compact charging system plus a Mode 3 cable with Type 2 plug for use at public charging stations.

The compact charging system comprises cables for household and industrial outlets plus a control unit. The system features an LED status display and safety functions such as temperature and residual current monitoring.

Audi also offers an optional charging clip, a lockable wall-mounted holder for the charging system. A full charge at a CEE industrial outlet with 400 V/16 A takes just 2.5 hours. The integrated charger charges the lithium ion battery with a maximum power of 7.4kW.

But even at a 220V household outlet, an empty battery can be fully recharged overnight in roughly six hours.

Convenient recharging is also possible on the road. The proprietary Audi e tron charging service provides access to some 100,000 charging points in Europe with almost 1,100 public charge points available across the island of Ireland at the moment with a network of more than 70 fast chargers in the Republic, primarily installed at service stations to facilitate longer journeys between major towns and cities.

A single card is sufficient to start charging, regardless of the provider.

The myAudi app allows customers to use the services from the Audi connect portfolio on their smartphones, which is particularly practical with electrified models. The app can be used to check the battery and range status, start the charging process, program the charge timer and view the charge and consumption statistics. The route planners in both the app and the MMI navigation in the car show charging stations.

Experience Audi’s first all-electric SUV first hand by taking it for a test drive. To highlight the ease of owning an electric vehicle, Audi dealerships are now showcasing the e-tron, providing information on how drivers can invest in an electric vehicle and also holding demonstrations to bring drivers up to speed with all things e-tron including charging options.

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