• Audi e-tron quattro concept
    Audi e-tron quattro concept

    Audi e-tron quattro concept

    Audi e-tron quattro concept

    Aerodynamically-optimized design with a drag coefficient of 0.25, a purely electric e-tron quattro drivetrain with up to 370 kW of power output – the Audi e‑tron quattro concept is an all-electric, full-size class sport SUV. The technology study provides a firm glimpse at the production model to follow in 2018. And it is a statement about the future of electric mobility: It is sporty, efficient and suitable for everyday use.

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  • Audi A4 Avant g-tron
    Audi A4 Avant g-tron

    Audi A4 Avant g-tron

    Audi A4 Avant g-tron

    The Audi A4 Avant g-tron* is the second model after the A3 Sportback g-tron* that customers can run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or Audi e-gas. Its 2.0 TFSI engines has an output of 125 kW (170 hp) and torque of 270 Nm (199.1 lb-ft).

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  • Audi A3 e-tron
    Audi A3 e-tron

    Audi A3 e-tron

    Audi A3 e-tron

    From 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 222 km/h (137.94 mph) – the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron adds an extra highlight to the sporty character of the compact premium car line. In accordance with the ECE standard for plug-in hybrid vehicles, its average CO2 emissions are a mere 35 grams per km (56.33 g/mile) – equivalent to consumption of 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (156.81 US mpg).**

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  • Audi R18 e-tron quattro
    Audi R18 e-tron quattro

    Audi R18 e-tron quattro

    Audi R18 e-tron quattro

    Audi is starting the 2015 season with a thoroughly revised R18 e-tron quattro. In the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and in the Le Mans 24 Hours as the season’s pinnacle event, Audi is going to compete with a hybrid sports car in the 4-megajoule class.

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  • Audi A3 g-tron
    Audi A3 g-tron

    Audi A3 g-tron

    Audi A3 g-tron

    The Audi A3 Sportback g-tron, the brand’s first natural gas car to go into production, reveals the sheer depth of the technological expertise of Audi – from ultra lightweight technology through the highly advanced infotainment to the driver assistance systems. It showcases state-of-the-art CNG technology (CNG = compressed natural gas), complete with the fuel storage technology. Its two pressurized tanks beneath the trunk floor each hold around seven kilograms (15.43 lb) of gas; they essentially use the recess for the spare wheel, thus impinging only minimally on the load capacity.

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  • Audi R8 e-tron: Drive system
    Audi R8 e-tron: Drive system

    Audi R8 e-tron

    Audi R8 e-tron

    The Audi R8 e-tron weighs in at 1,780 kilograms (3,924.23 lb). Its body structure, including the side sections, weighs just 199 kilograms (438.72 lb), 23 kilograms (50.71 lb) less than that of the R8 Coupé, which already sets the bar very high with its aluminum-based ASF principle (Audi Space Frame). Here, Audi presents a new stage in the development of its ultra lightweight construction technology – a Multimaterial Space Frame, in which large parts made of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) supplement the aluminum frame.

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    Audi Q3 cylinder on demand (COD)

    Rightsizing

    Rightsizing

    Audi is driving forward progress in its gasoline engines. The term Rightsizing incorporates a host of innovative technologies. The key is to design engines with the optimum combination of displacement, power and torque delivery, fuel consumption and operating characteristics. Cylinder deactivation in the 4.0 TFSI is one example.

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    iHEV system

    Predictive efficiency assistant

    Predictive efficiency assistant

    Audi is working on new, intelligent technologies to reduce fuel consumption even further. The predictive efficiency assistant uses data from the navigation system to enable the car to slow down in an anticipatory manner.

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    Hybrid technology

    Hybrid technology

    Audi offers full hybrids with lithium-ion batteries in three vehicle classes. The A6 hybrid (Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.2; Combined CO₂-emissions in g/km: 145)**, the A8 hybrid and the Q5 hybrid quattro (Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.9; Combined CO₂-emissions in g/km: 159)** use a parallel driveline – a highly efficient concept.

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  • Drivetrain

    e perfomance research project

    e-perfomance
    research project

    Audi is systematically working out all aspects of electric mobility from the ground up. The e performance research project – a think tank within the company – has developed a modular component system for electrically powered vehicles. This has resulted in a sporty research vehicle, the F12, in the framework of a research project sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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    e-tron technology

    e-tron technology

    The term e-tron covers all Audi cars that can drive for longer distances on electricity alone. The brand is working on all aspects of the issue and with different approaches – from pure electric drive through plug-in hybrids to the electric quattro driveline.
    The Audi R8 e-tron, the first low-volume electric vehicle to be produced by Audi, is an uncompromising, high-performance sports car. Its two electric motors deliver an output of 280 kW (381 hp) and 820 Nm of torque. All of the energy comes from the large lithium-ion battery that stores 48.6 kWh. The Audi R8 e-tron completes the sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, achieves an electronically limited top speed of 200 km/h and covers a range of around 215 km.

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    Electric biturbo

    Electric biturbo

    With the electric biturbo, Audi is taking another major step forward in its TDI engines. In this forward-looking technology an additional compressor assists the turbocharger in the lower rev range.
    Almost a quarter of a century ago, Audi delivered a major boost to diesel engine development worldwide. 1989 saw the debut in the Audi 100 of the first direct injection compression ignition engine with turbocharging and electronic control, since when the TDI has enjoyed an impressive and ongoing success story.

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    Video: e-fuels

    Audi e-diesel and e-ethanol

    Audi e-diesel and
    e-ethanol

    Audi is promoting the development of new CO₂-neutral fuels.** The underlying technology is completely new: Microorganisms utilize solar energy to produce synthetic ethanol and synthetic diesel from carbon dioxide and water.
    The problem has been familiar for a long time, but it has yet to be solved: The combustion of conventional petroleum fuels pollutes the atmosphere by releasing carbon dioxide into it. Ethanol and diesel made from renewable raw materials such as maize and rapeseed generally achieve a better environmental balance, because the plants have already previously absorbed the CO₂ that is released when they are combusted.** But such fuels are costly and compete with food agriculture – so they do not represent a long-term solution in a world whose population continues to grow increasingly rapidly.

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    e-gas project

    Audi e-gas

    Audi e-gas

    By 2013, the Audi a-gas project will make the brand with the four rings the first automaker worldwide to have built a whole chain of sustainable energy sources.

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  • Umweltbilanz
    Umweltbilanz

    Ecobalance

    Ecobalance

    Audi creates an ecobalance for each new model that evaluates all phases of its lifecycle. The brand’s lightweight and efficient models are particularly effective during the operating phase – thanks to know-how in ultra-lightweight design and drive technology.
    Ecobalance, also known as life cycle analysis or life cycle assessment (LCA), analyzes the environmental impact of a product throughout its entire lifecycle. It serves as a quantitative evaluation of ecological aspects such as the emission of greenhouse gases (including CO₂)**, energy consumption, acidification or summer smog. In compiling ecobalances, Audi uses a standardized procedure in accordance with ISO 14040.

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  • CFRP racer on two wheels – the Audi e-bike Wörthersee weighs just eleven kilograms without its electrical components.

    Audi e-bike Wörthersee

    Audi e-bike Wörthersee

    The Audi e-bike Wörthersee is a high-performance sports machine for sporty people. Its design reflects the concentrated dynamism of the brand, with CFRP playing a major role in its ultra-lightweight design principle.
    The changed role that the car will adopt in the mobility of tomorrow is creating space in the world’s major cities for new means of transport – for lean, lightweight and efficient vehicles with two, three or four wheels, for e-pedelecs, e-skateboards, e-trikes or even e-quads. Audi designers are picking up on this trend and transferring it into the brand’s progressive design language.

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  • Audi urban concept spyder
    Audi urban concept spyder

    Audi urban concept Spyder

    Audi urban concept Spyder

    The Audi urban concept Spyder technology study is a showcase for the mobility of tomorrow. The electrically driven show car brings together elements of a race car, a roadster, a fun car and a city car.

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    Audi Urban Future Award

    Audi Urban Future Award

    An important aspect of the Audi Urban Future Initiative is the award established in 2010. With a prize of 100,000 Euros, it is Germany’s most highly endowed architecture competition. This year, the award is being offered for the second time and is centered on the question of how mobility can become an engine for urban development. The five participating architecture and urban planning firms are called CRIT (Mumbai), Höweler & Yoon Architecture (Boston/Washington), NODE Architecture & Urbanism (Pearl River Delta), Superpool (Istanbul) and Urban-Think Tank (São Paulo).

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    Think Tank

    Think Tank

    Many of the projects being run by Audi address the ongoing development of the world’s rapidly growing cities. In the Audi Urban Future Initiative, one of the company’s think tanks, we are seeking intelligent approaches for the mobility of tomorrow.
    The Audi Urban Future Initiative was established in 2010. It is a global forum that brings together experts from diverse cultures and disciplines. Architects, sociologists, urban planners and trend researchers discuss new approaches and solutions for mobility in the world’s megacities. The focus is on a wide range of topics – such as seamless mobility through the interconnection of various means of transportation, the flexible use of space or the vision of the city as a continuous flow of movement without stationary traffic. An important element of the initiative is the Audi Urban Future Award, which Audi offered for the first time in 2010.

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    Natural Audi project

    Natural Audi project

    Audi is interested in the design ideas of students – such as those from this project with the Royal College of Art in London.
    Audi has an enlightened approach to design and is constantly seeking fresh ideas. One key aspect is the cooperations with renowned schools of design – such as the Pforzheim University School of Design, the Royal College of Art in London, the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and two schools of design in Milan.

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    Audi Urban Future Initiative

    Audi Urban Future Initiative

    How will mobility in the world’s megacities evolve; what form will it take in future? The Audi Urban Future Initiative is seeking answers to these questions.

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  • Audi A8 - Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) with active suspension
    Audi A8 - Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) with active suspension

    Audi A8 - Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) with active suspension

    Audi A8 - Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) with active suspension

    Even more efficient: engines with MHEV technology
    At its market introduction in Europe, the new A8 will start out with two extensively reengineered V6 turbo engines, a 3.0 TDI with 210 kW (286 hp) (Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.8 - 5.6 (40.6 - 42.0 US mpg)*; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 152 - 145 (244.6 - 233.4 g/mi)*) and a 3.0 TFSI with 250 kW (340 hp) (Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.8 - 7.5 (30.2 - 31.4 US mpg )*; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 178 - 171 (286.5 - 275.2 g/mi)*).

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  • Audi e-tron Sportback concept
    Audi e-tron Sportback concept

    Audi e-tron Sportback concept

    Audi e-tron Sportback concept

    Design study and technology demonstrator, electric car and power pack in the guise of a coupé: A versatile concept car makes its world debut in the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai as the Audi e-tron Sportback concept. The brand with the four rings presents the study of a four-door Gran Turismo with a powerful 320 kW electric drive at the Auto Shanghai 2017 this spring. The formal idiom of the coupé with Lux Silver paint finish combines classic Audi elements with an array of trendsetting details: an electrifying architecture, tailored consistently to the technology and the package of the electric drive.

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  • Audi Q8 sport concept
    Audi Q8 sport concept

    Audi Q8 sport concept

    Audi Q8 sport concept

    Groundbreaking drive system technology and an accentuated sporty look: at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Audi will be presenting another concept car which demonstrates the potential of the future Q8 model range. The Audi Q8 sport concept study demonstrates the vision Audi’s developers and designers have for the dynamic yet efficient SUV of tomorrow.

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    Audi h-tron quattro concept

    Audi h-tron quattro concept

    High range, swift refueling, sporty road performance: The Audi h‑tron quattro concept car can boast all these virtues. It combines a highly efficient fuel cell achieving an output of up to 110 kW with a powerful battery that can provide a temporary boost of 100 kW. The car can be fully refueled with hydrogen in around four minutes, and is then ready to drive for up to 600 kilometers (372.8 mi).

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  • Audi prologue Avant
    Audi prologue Avant

    Audi prologue Avant

    Audi prologue Avant

    The plug-in hybrid drive of the Audi prologue Avant is almost identical to the powertrain in the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro* which will be launched in summer 2015. The 3.0 TDI engine installed in the Audi prologue Avant outputs a maximum of 260 kW (353 hp), a powerful electric motor integrated in the eight-speed tiptronic contributes up to 100 kW. System output is 335 kW (455 hp), while system torque is 750 Nm (553.2 lb-ft). The eight speed tiptronic directs engine power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive ensuring superior drive characteristics in any situation. 

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  • Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro
    Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro

    Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro

    Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro

    It accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.1 mph)in six seconds, and yet consumes not even two liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (117.6 US mpg). The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro is sporty, comfortable and at the same time highly efficient. The world’s first TDI plug in hybrid with quattro drive, it is also the first plug-in hybrid with a diesel engine from Audi.

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    Audi R18 2016 en

    The new Audi R18

    The new Audi R18 2016

    For the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Le Mans 24 Hours, Audi is emphasizing focal areas in the 2016 season: The Audi R18 that has been redesigned from scratch has almost nothing in common anymore with its predecessor. It features a more radical aerodynamics concept, including a new safety cell, its hybrid drive system is battery-operated for the first time, the V6 TDI engine has been revised, and new system solutions have been added. As a result, Audi’s LMP1 sports car is a vehicle that is more powerful and – once more – clearly more efficient than its predecessor. While the new R18 is Audi’s strongest race car to date, it consumes less fuel than any of the generations before it.

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  • Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro
    Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro

    Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro

    Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro

    It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 7.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 200 km/h (124.3 mph). It can cover more than 500 kilometers (310.7 mi) on a single tank, with nothing more than a few drops of water leaving the tailpipe. The A7 Sportback h‑tron quattro* uses a 170 kW electric drive system with a fuel cell as the energy source. Each of the two electric motors drive the wheels of one axle. The Audi technical concept car is a true quattro and thus unique among fuel cell automobiles. 

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  • Audi R18 e-tron quattro 2014
    Audi R18 e-tron quattro 2014

    Audi R18 e-tron quattro 2014

    Audi R18 e-tron quattro 2014

    The Audi R18 e-tron quattro is the most complex race car created in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm to date. This not only applies to the mechanics. The electronics of the most recent LMP1 race car with the four rings is more sophisticated than ever before.
    The age of electronic data transmission from the race car on track began for Audi in 1989. At that time, an Audi 90 quattro in the IMSA GTO series radioed eight parameters to the garage where engine speeds and a few pressures and temperatures were plotted on printouts – a tiny step from today’s perspective, but one that provided important insights at the time.

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    Audi A8 hybrid

    Audi A8 hybrid

    Audi A8 hybrid

    The Audi A8 hybrid is designed as a parallel hybrid. Its combustion engine and the electric motor are located one directly behind the other and are linked by a clutch to work together, when necessary. Their interplay – referred to as “boosting” – briefly results in a peak system output of 180 kW (245 hp) and a maximum system torque of 480 Nm (354.03 lb ft).

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    Audi Q5 hybrid quattro

    Audi Q5 hybrid quattro

    Audi Q5 hybrid quattro

    The Q5 hybrid quattro is designed as a parallel hybrid – a convincingly efficient concept. Its electric motor generates 33 kW and is located directly behind the combustion engine, a 2.0 TFSI developing 155 kW (211 hp). Both drives can be disengaged by means of a clutch according to complex control logic. They transfer their power to a heavily modified eight-speed tiptronic that does not include a torque converter. The disc-shaped electric motor occupies the space previously occupied by the torque converter.

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  • Plug-in hybrid: the 1997 Audi duo

    Audi duo

    Audi duo

    Audi can look back on over 20 years of experience in hybrid technology. The first generation of the Audi duo had its debut as early as 1989 – a concept car based on an Audi 100 Avant. A five-cylinder gasoline engine drove the front wheels, and a part-time electric motor developing 9 kW (12 hp) drove the rear wheels. Nickel-cadmium batteries served as energy stores. Another duo variant based on an Audi 100 Avant quattro followed two years later.

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  • Audi SQ7 TDI – V8 TDI with electric powered compressor and 48 volt electrical subsystem
    Audi SQ7 TDI – V8 TDI with electric powered compressor and 48 volt electrical subsystem

    Audi SQ7 TDI – V8 TDI with electric powered compressor and 48 volt electrical subsystem

    Audi SQ7 TDI – V8 TDI with electric powered compressor and 48 volt electrical subsystem

    The 4.0 TDI has been newly developed from the ground up. It combines best-in-class performance with low consumption and guarantees maximum dynamics. The V8 engine has a displacement of 3,956 cc. The two exhaust-gas turbochargers are activated selectively according to the concept of sequential charging, since exhaust gas only flows through one turbocharger at low and intermediate load. The second turbine is only activated at higher loads. An electric powered compressor (EPC) augments the work of the two turbochargers, particularly in the lower engine speed range, providing for extremely dynamic off-the-line performance.

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  • Audi SQ7 TDI – 48 volt electrical subsystem with electromechanical active roll stabilization
    Audi SQ7 TDI – 48 volt electrical subsystem with electromechanical active roll stabilization

    Audi SQ7 TDI – 48 volt electrical subsystem with electromechanical active roll stabilization

    Audi SQ7 TDI – 48 volt electrical subsystem with electromechanical active roll stabilization

    A new solution in the competitive environment is the electromechanical active body roll stabilization. Here a compact electric motor with a three-stage planetary gearbox separates the two halves of the stabilizer. On an uneven road surface, they are actively decoupled from one another, resulting in improved ride comfort. During sporty driving, the tubes are interconnected and twisted against each other. That significantly reduces body roll, i.e. the lean of the car. Together with the transmission, the electric motors produce anything up to 1,200 Nm (885.1 lb‑ft) of torque. The effect is taut, sporty handling: The car leans less in bends and the tendency to understeer is further reduced.

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  • Brake system in the Audi Q5 hybrid quattro
    Brake system in the Audi Q5 hybrid quattro

    Drive management

    Drive management

    Electric motors offer interesting possibilities for intelligent drive management. Audi is making use of these in two fields of technology – energy recovery and quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

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  • Audi Q5: the lithium-ion-battery weighs just 38 kilograms (83.78 lb)

    Battery

    Battery

    The battery in an electrified vehicle powertrain is a highly complex system. The lithium-ion technology offers opportunities and challenges in a number of areas – weight, energy, the package, safety, lifetime and, not least, cost.

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    Electric motor in the Audi Q5 hybrid quattro

    Electric motors

    Electric motors

    Electric motors are outstanding in their high reliability, low weight and high efficiency – in the range of 93 to 97 percent through a relatively broad rpm range. Unlike internal combustion engines, electric motors yield their maximum torque at extremely low rpms, practically from the starting position. For this reason, single-stage transmissions are usually all that’s needed in purely electrical vehicles.

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  • Pulse-controlled inverter: power electronics in the Audi Q5 hybrid quattro

    Power electronics

    Power electronics

    Power electronics is one of the most complex and also most costly components in the electrified powertrain: a pulse-controlled inverter that transforms the battery’s DC voltage to AC voltage as required by the electric motor.

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  • Battery connection: strictest safety standards for all high-voltage components

    Safety

    Safety

    Audi pays strict attention to safety where electric mobility is concerned. The battery, the cables and all other high-voltage components are elaborately protected – in case of an accident, during operation, in assembly and during servicing.

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  • Q5 hybrid quattro: sophisticated cooling system for electric components

    Thermal management

    Thermal management

    Thermal management for the future is a highly complex concept with promising new solutions. Audi has stepped up the pace of development in this area.

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