The automotive industry is going through a massive transformation – and Audi is right in the middle of it. On the Spotlight Corporate & Business, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann, Head of Corporate Strategy Silja Pieh, Head of Digitalization John Newman, and Audi General Secretary Martin Primus describe how the strategy „Vorsprung 2030“ and its implementation in the future look like.
The Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro - The strengths from two worlds - powerful TFSI and powerful e-machine
Like any plug-in hybrid, the Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro brings together the strengths from two worlds. Its combustion engine, the 3.0 TFSI, produces 250 kW (340 hp) and 450 Nm of torque. The V6 meets the latest Euro 6 AP emissions standard. A permanently excited synchronous machine (PSM) with 100 kW peak output serves as the electric motor. The compact electric motor is integrated in the housing of the eight-speed tiptronic. There, together with the clutch that connects the 3.0 TFSI to the powertrain, it forms the so-called hybrid module. The lithium-ion battery is located under the luggage compartment floor. It contains 104 prismatic cells of the latest generation, grouped into 13 modules. Each of these cells with a flexible outer skin has a current capacity of 48 Ah, and the battery system has an energy content of 17.9 kWh. That is 0.7 kWh more than the battery with which the Q7 TFSI e quattro went on sale in 2019. Now the Q7 also gets the latest-generation battery with increased capacity, which is also more compact and almost 70 kilograms lighter.
As the first pre-production F-150 Lightning trucks roll out of Ford’s new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center and demand soars for the all-electric truck, Ford today said it will increase investment and add jobs to boost production. Ford is investing an additional $250 million and adding 450 more direct jobs across the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center and Rawsonville Components Plant. The investment and added jobs will help increase production capacity to 80,000 trucks a year.
The Q3 45 TFSI e1 and the Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e2 mark the first step into the world of electrified Q models from Audi. Their technology package is very similar to the A3 45 TFSI e3: The 1.4 TFSI cooperates with a permanently excited synchronous machine (PSM) that outputs 85 kW of power and 330 Nm (243.4 lb-ft) of torque. Together, the two motors generate 180 kW (245 PS) of system output and 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft) of system torque. Both the Q3 45 TFSI e and the Sportback take 7.6 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph), and both models reach a top speed of 210 km/h (130.5 mph). In the NEDC cycle, the Q3 45 TFSI e consumes 1.7 to 1.4 liters of fuel per 100 km (138.4 to 168.0 US mpg) (39 to 32 grams of CO2(62.8 to 51.5 g/mi)). The Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e records the same values of 1.7 to 1.4 liters of fuel per 100 km (138.4 to 168.0 US mpg) (38 to 33 grams of CO2(61.2 to 53.1 g/mi)). Both compact SUVs can cover up to 61 km (37.9 mi) in the NEDC powered purely by electricity. In the WLTP, the distance is 51 km (31.7 mi) for the Q3 45 TFSI e and 50 km (31.07 mi) for the Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e. Like with the Audi A3 TFSI e, the 96 prismatic cells of the compact and light high-voltage battery store 13.0 kWh of energy. This great value is achieved thanks to a new generation of prismatic cells. The Audi Q3 45 TFSI e1 and the Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e2 can be charged using alternating current (AC) with an output of 3.6 kW, allowing an empty battery to recharge in slightly more than three hours.