Audi welcomes the Q4 e-tron to its electric collection, which will be the fifth electric vehicle produced by Audi and will be launched by the end of 2020. The reveal of the compact four-door SUV took place at the renowned Geneva Motor Show.
Accelerating from 0-62mph in only 6.3 seconds, the Q4 e-tron concept is powered by two electric motors which mobilise 225 kW of system power, with an electronically limited maximum speed of 111mph. Boasting a range of over 279 miles, it sets a new range standard in its class. The dimensions put the Q4 e-tron in the upper third of the compact class.
The four wheel drive’s front and rear axles are each powered by an electric motor, mainly using the rear electric motor. The battery is located between the axles in the underbody area, with a capacity of over 82 kilowatt hours. The battery system weighs 510 kilograms and can reach 80% charge in just over 30 minutes. The agile all-rounder has no transmission tunnel meaning it offers unexpected space and comfort for passangers.
This will be the first e-tron to be built on the modular electrification platform (MEB) which has been designed specifically for electric vehicles. Wheelbases, axles, drives and interaction between all components have been adapted and selected for e-motibility.
The sustainability theme runs throughout the car, the floor covering is made of recycled materials and the surfaces are covered with a high-quality multi-layer. Even the paint has been produced under environmentally friendly conditions, the ‘Solar Sky’ shade of blue changes based on the angle of the light, reflecting a short-wave fraction of sunlight, near the infrared spectrum which reduces the build-up of heat on the body and in the interior. Reducing the energy input required for the air conditioning allowing power to be saved and to help increase range.
The efficiency doesn’t stop there, with recuperation strategy, low aerodynamic drag of the body and complex management of the drive and battery also helping to optimise range.
By 2025 Audi plan to offer twelve all-electric drive vehicles, covering the relevant market segments with the aim to make one-third of sales electric.
Production version will be launched at the end of 2020.
Pricing is yet to be confirmed.
For more information on the Q4 e-tron contact your nearest JCT600 Audi dealership.
Added: 05 March 2019