Audi has announced the arrival of a new battery on its plug-in hybrid models: Q5, A6 and A7 TFSI e, now with a capacity of 17.9 kWh, up from 14.1 kWh so far.

The models plug-in hybrids Audi: Q5, Q5 Sportback, A6 Berline, A6 Avant, and A7 Sportback TFSI e, are available with two versions called “55 TFSI e” of 367 horsepower, and “50 TFSI e” of 299 horsepower, combining a petrol unit 2.0-liter TFSI with an electric motor integrated in the seven-speed S tronic.

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These versions will now be equipped with lithium-ion battery update, which now offers a 17.9 kWh capacity, replacing the 14.1 kWh version of the previous offer, and whose dimensions have not changed despite the increase in capacity. The maximum power allowed for recharging is 7.4 kW, allowing them to recover their autonomy in about 2h30.

Audi plug-in hybrid: up to 91 kilometers of range

Thus equipped, Audi announces for its plug-in hybrid models a 100% electric autonomy of up to 91 kilometers (NEDC cycle), for the Audi A6 Sedan 50 TFSI e. The new battery does not encroach on the load capacity of these models, with a trunk volume ranging from 405 liters (A6 Avant) to 465 liters (Q5), which can increase respectively to 1,535 liters (A6 Avant) and 1,405 liters ( Q5) once their benches are folded down.

In addition to driving modes (EV, Auto and Hold), a driving mode called “Charge” makes it possible to force the recharging of the battery by the combustion engine, in order for example to maintain sufficient 100% electric autonomy to travel in urban areas where the circulation is restricted to zero emission vehicles.

In addition to these updated models, Audi’s plug-in hybrid model line-up also includes the Audi A3 Sportback, Q3, Q3 Sportback, Q7, Q8 and A8 plug-in hybrid.

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