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Audi E-tron

The first electric car from Audi was the E-tron (internal name: GE) launched in March 2019. The car is based on a platform for conventionally powered cars, the modular longitudinal construction kit (MLB evo). The Q5 and Q7 are also based on this platform.

With a length of 4.90 meters, the E-tron ranks between the Q5 and the Q7, but closer to the 5.05-meter-long Q7. The same applies to the wheelbase, which at 2.93 meters is closer to the Q7 (3.00 meters) than to the Q5 (2.68 meters). For the drive

  • Drive: all-wheel drive, 3 different power levels
  • Battery: 2 sizes (64 kWh / 86 kWh net)
  • Length: 4.90 meters
  • Market opening: March 2019

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Audi E-tron S Sportback

The E-tron has also been available in the E-tron Sportback coupe SUV version since spring 2020. There are also three different drives and two different batteries. The S version even has three electric motors, one at the front and two at the rear. Here you can see the versions with prices:

Power / battery (net) Base price e-tron Base price e-tron Sportback
e-tron 50 quattro 230 kW / 64 kWh 69,100 euros 71,350 euros
e-tron 55 quattro 300 kW / 86 kWh 81,500 euros 83,750 euros
e-tron S quattro 370 kW / 86 kWh 93,800 euros 96,050 euros

The basic version E-tron 50 quattro has a WLTP range of 341 kilometers. The 55 models can recently be charged with up to 22 kW alternating current, previously the maximum was 11 kW. For the 50s models and the S, the option should be available from mid-2021.

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Audi Q4 e-tron Concept

Unlike the E-tron, the Q4 e-tron is based on a dedicated electrical platform, the MEB modular electrification kit. This makes it the sister model of VW IE.4 and Skoda Enyaq. The car is currently still at the stage of a study that was presented in spring 2019.

The study was 4.58 meters long. Two electric motors mobilize 225 kW (306 hp), which come onto the road via all four wheels. The car sprints to 100 km / h in 6.3 seconds and reaches a top of 180 km / h. The 82 kWh battery should last for around 450 kilometers according to the WLTP standard.

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Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback Concept

Of course, the Q4 e-tron will also be available as a Sportback. The study was shown in the summer of 2020. It was also mentioned that the car will also be available with rear-wheel drive, but then with less power. With this version, the range should be 500 instead of 450 km according to WLTP.

It can be charged with a maximum of 125 kilowatts of direct current, but no statements have yet been made about AC charging. The Q4 e-tron Sportback is set to launch sometime in 2021, and (read and be amazed) as the seventh electric car from Audi. The body variants are obviously counted separately.

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Q4 e-tron with all-wheel drive with 225 kW (306 PS)

The all-wheel drive of the Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback offers 225 kW, with the emphasis on the rear engine, which offers 150 kW and 310 Newton meters. The front engine delivers 75 kW and 150 Newton meters. Together this results in 225 kW (306 PS).

A permanently excited synchronous motor (PSM) is used at the rear, which is the more efficient type of electric motor. This machine is therefore used for the drive in most cases, in favor of low power consumption. The front electric motor is an asynchronous machine (ASM). This is switched on when more power is requested or when there is a slip.

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Q4 e-tron with rear-wheel drive with 150 kW (204 PS)

Whether the same PSM motor is used in the versions with rear-wheel drive as in the all-wheel drive versions of the Q4 e-tron has not yet been stated, but it can be assumed. That would mean: 150 kW (204 PS) and 310 Newton meters of torque. The graphic above also shows a smaller battery than the four-wheel drive – there may also be several battery versions.

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Group equivalents of the Q4 e-tron

The Audi Q4 e-tron corresponds to the ID.4 at VW and the Enyaq at Skoda. For the latter, the drives have already been presented in detail, which also allows conclusions to be drawn about the Q4 e-tron:

Enyaq 50 iV Enyaq 60 iV Enyaq 80 iV Enyaq 80x iV Enyaq vRS iV
drive Rear wheel drive Rear wheel drive all wheel drive all wheel drive all wheel drive
power 109 kW / 148 PS 132 kW / 179 PS 150 kW / 204 PS 195 kW / 265 PS 225 kW / 306 PS
Torque 220 Nm 310 Nm 310 Nm 425 Nm 460 Nm
0-100 km / h 11.4 sec. 8.7 sec. 8.5 sec. 6.9 sec. 6.2 sec.
top 160 km / h 160 km / h 160 km / h 160 km / h 180 km / h
Battery gross / net 55/52 kWh 62/58 kWh 82/77 kWh 82/77 kWh 82/77 kWh
Range (WLTP) 340 km 390 km 510 km 460 km 460 km
price 33,800 euros 38,850 euros 43,950 euros n / a. n / a.

It is of course still open whether Audi will have exactly the same drive systems. And of course the prices at Audi will be higher.

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Normal compact models based on MEB?

For the "Techday Insight E-Mobility" in autumn 2019, Audi published the above graphic and emphasized that the MEB is also suitable for "flat-bottomed cars". We have known that at least since the launch of the VW ID.3. An Audi equivalent could follow.

In general, Audi promised at Techday that there will be more Audi models based on the MEB, namely in the compact and mid-range, sedans and SUVs. The equivalent to the ID.3 will of course not be called the Audi A3 e-tron, because this name is already occupied by a plug-in hybrid. This is where the E-tron nomenclature reaches its limit.

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Audi e-tron GT Concept

The e-tron GT was already shown as a study in autumn 2018. It is the Audi version of the Porsche Taycan, i.e. a very sporty, four-door coupe. The study was 4.96 meters long with a wheelbase of 2.90 meters – and only 1.38 meters high.

Audi promised 434 kW (590 hp) and all-wheel drive. Permanent-magnet motors (PSM) are used for both axes. This enables a sprint to 100 km / h in around 3.5 seconds and the top speed should be 240 km / h. This is probably why the e-tron GT also gets the two-speed transmission from the Taycan, which is reasonably efficient even at high speeds. The drive system controls the force on each wheel individually, so there is torque vectoring for sporty cornering. In addition, the car should get all-wheel steering.

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Audi e-tron GT: battery and charging properties

The "over 90 kWh" large battery should provide a WLTP range of more than 400 km. Like the Taycan, the e-tron GT will have an 800-volt system, which means that it will be able to be charged particularly quickly with direct current: the battery should reach 80 percent again in around 20 minutes.

The study could also be charged inductively, with a maximum of 11 kW – but that should not be the case with the production car. As an Audi expert told us some time ago, inductive charging initially has a lower priority at Audi.

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The J1 platform as the basis for the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT

The e-tron GT will also have the same "foot garages" as the Taycan. These are recesses in the lithium-ion battery in the area where the feet of the rear passengers are. While those seated in the front have a seating position that is more typical of a sports car (almost lying down), the rear passengers place their lower legs almost vertically in these recesses.

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First PPE prototype

On the aforementioned Techday in 2019, Audi also presented an initial prototype based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE). We have already seen him, but were not allowed to take photos. The car looked like an A4 or A5 to us, just a little sportier.

In the electric age, the PPE platform takes on the role of MLB, which means that mid-range to upper-class cars will be based on it, from Audi and Porsche. Both limousines and station wagons ("flat-floor vehicles") as well as SUVs ("high-floor vehicles") can be implemented. In addition, the wheelbase and track width are variable. As with the MEB, a PSM electric machine in the rear is standard, with the top models a second electric motor on the front axle (PSM or ASM) ensures an all-wheel drive that can be automatically activated if required.

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20 electric cars in 2025

And what about the future? In October it was said that Audi wanted to bring "more than 30 electrically powered models by 2025". Audi is more modest in this regard. In the last press release, the Ingolstadt-based company only promised "a broad-based electric offensive with around 20 fully electric models by 2025."

We know the E-tron, E-Tron Sportback, Q4 e-tron, Q4 e-tron Sportback, e-tron GT, but that’s just five. So 15 models are still missing. The successor to the Audi TT, which is to have an electric drive, could be created on the basis of the MEB. A number of models will be created on the basis of PPE. One of them could replace the Audi E-tron. But everything else remains speculation for the time being.

When planning, Audi will be based on the German premium competition. Mercedes wants to present the compact car EQA on January 20th, an EQS is also pending. And at BMW you can often read of a 7 Series with an electric drive. In this respect, a compact car and a luxury sedan would perhaps be the most urgent.

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At the beginning of February we will take part in an Audi workshop about the new e-tron GT. On this occasion, we noticed that we are not that sure about Audi’s electric cars. So we decided to provide this overview of the current models, platforms and future plans.

In general, Audi wants to put its electric cars on four different platforms:

  • MLB evo: Audi e-tron & Co
  • MEB: Q4 e-tron (and Skodan Enyaq, VW ID.4 etc)
  • PPE (Premium Platform Electrification) for middle class, upper middle class and upper class, SUVs, station wagons and sedans
  • J1: e-tron GT (and Porsche Taycan)

There is currently only one electric car from Audi, the E-tron and its coupe-SUV variant, the E-tron Sportback. But of course it won’t stay that way. The Q4 e-tron and the e-tron GT have already been announced. We present these models and speculate about future models with four rings and a plug connection.

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