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Audi confirms fifth production electric car

Audi confirms the Q4 e-tron is set for production in the second half of 2020, based on the Q4 e-tron concept shown at this year’s Geneva Motor Show and marking the company’s fifth EV to market.

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Built on Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, key stats include two electric motors that deliver 306hp (225kW) system power, quattro all-wheel drive and 0-62mph in 63mph, while the top speed is an electronically limited 111mph (similar to Volvo’s new standard limited top speed for its future models). With its 4.59m length, the Audi Q4 e-tron concept takes its position in the upper third of the compact class.

An 510kg 82kWh battery system is situated beneath the floor and between the axles, offering a 279-mile WLTP-rated electric range. Charge rates for the concept are a maximum 125kW, which should entail a 30 minute recharge from 0-80% – unfortunately indicating that the Q4 e-tron in concept form at least, will not be capable of accepting the full 350kW charge rate of the Ionity network of rapid chargers, of which Audi is a partner.

Audi has confirmed the Q4 e-tron concept provides an advanced look at the manufacturer’s fifth series production electric vehicle that will be introduced by the end of 2020.

Joining the e-tron revealed last year and already on sale, the Audi e-tron Sportback will be presented later this year and the Chinese-market destined Audi Q2L e-tron will begin production. Additionally, the four-door coupé Audi e-tron GT is planned for the second half of 2020 and the Audi Q4 e-tron is to make its production debut at the same time.

The Premium Platform Electric (PPE) is a special joint project of the development departments at Audi and Porsche. It will be the foundation for multiple Audi model families with all-electric drive covering the high-volume B through D segments.

The Audi Q4 e-tron concept reveal follows the pre-Geneva tease where the company gave away minor details.

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Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.