Audi last week announced that it’s new ‘Premium Platform Electric’ base, or ‘PPE’ for short, will be used as the platform for its new A6 e-tron concept. The system, developed by both Porsche and Audi, will enable Audi to showcase several new EVs, with the first hitting the road in late 2022.
The A6 e-tron concept boasts the impressive specs that you would expect from a premium electric vehicle. It will have a 100kWh battery, and will be able to charge at up to 270kW on an 800 volt charger. Audi claims its 350kW (469hp) motor will push the car from 0-62 mph in less than four seconds, which is pretty eye-catching for a traditional four door executive saloon.
Audi says that a 270kW charger will be able to charge the battery from 5-80% in about 25 minutes. Or in an optimal situation, a 10-minute charge can add up to 300 km (186 mi) of range. So, despite having a similar kilowatt charge rate as the Porsche Taycan, the A6 should add more miles of range when plugged in for the same amount of time due to its higher efficiency.
Overall, in terms of exterior size, the A6 e-tron is about the same as the rest of the A6/A7 series. This should give it more interior space than those cars, though, due to the packaging benefits from an electric drive system. In comparison to the e-tron GT, it’s just 3 cm taller and longer.
The A6 e-tron incorporates several other high-tech features, including Audi’s Digital Matrix LED headlights. These allow the headlights to project images on the road ahead, giving more control over the light coming out of the headlights. Audi engineers even programmed a game for the A6 e-tron concept, which can be played by projecting the game onto a wall and controlled with a smartphone.
The Audi A6 e-tron concept could well be writing a new chapter in the brand’s success story, proving once again that the brand always combines form and function in near perfect harmony. A cW value of just 0.22 is unprecedented in the electrified C-segment. In layman’s terms, this means the car exhibits minimal aerodynamic drag – which initially translates into lower energy consumption and therefore extended range.
At the moment this is still labelled as a ‘concept’ vehicle, so pricing is not available yet. The petrol & diesel A6 is marked at around £40k, although it may not be in this ball park, we should definitely see it cost considerably lower than the six figure e-tron GT.
Before ending this blog, it would be remiss of us not to quickly turn back to the PPE platform. Audi & Porsche first announced their cooperation on this platform back in 2017. Despite the PPE meaning something a lot different to a lot of us right now, the ‘Premium Platform Electric’ will allow both manufacturers to show case and produce future models, much quicker. Porsche has announced that their first PPE model will be the new electric Macan. With elements of shared design and architecture, its pretty exciting to see what will come next from the German counterparts……