The German manufacturer Audi has announced the launch of a new family of hybrids that can be powered by the power grid. They rely on a combination of a gasoline engine and an electric motor and will be named TFSI e. It replaces the old e-tron, which will only be given to the brand’s all-electric models.
At the upcoming Motor Show in Geneva, Audi will present the “plug-in” hybrid versions of its 4 models – Q5, A6, A7 Sportback and A8 L. The first three will receive two powertrains with a 2.0-liter petrol engine and S-tronic gear motor integrated into the gearbox.
The two modifications will be called 50 TFSI e and 55 TFSI e, the first to develop 299 hp and 450 Nm, and the second – 367 hp and 500 Nm. For the more powerful of both options, an additional S line of equipment and sports suspension is provided.
In turn, the Audi A8 L will be available in version 60 TFSI, whose hybrid system includes a 3.0-liter turbo V6 engine and an electric motor built into the 8-speed automatic. In this case, the unit will develop 449 hp and 700 Nm of torque.
All four hybrids will receive a battery with a capacity of 14.1 kW/h, which is enough to drive 40 km only on electricity. The TFSI family will also have an energy recovery system identical to the Audi e-tron crossover. Depending on the intensity, the electronic system combines braking with the electric motor and with the hydraulic brakes, and the recuperation restores up to 80 kW of electricity.
In addition, a special battery charging regime is also provided and will be used for movement in areas where the use of the internal combustion engine is forbidden. All four models will be available until the end of the year.