Audi Q5 Hybrid Unveils Battery Details

2012 Audi Q5Audi’s Q5 Hybrid has been a secret to most which is a tad unusual since the vehicle is supposed to hit North America markets at the end of the year. Unlike the Chevy Volt which is using every bit of promo it can get its hands on and to great outcome and advantage. Most expected to see a glimpse of the Q5 hybrid this past November at the LA Auto Show. Nope. Maybe next week at NADA? We’ll see. So where did it pop out of its shell? In Pasadena, CA at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) held last week. There in the shadows, an Audi battery systems engineer shared almost everything there was to know about this technological mystery to The Car Connection’s John Voelcker.

Not to steal John’s thunder, but here are some details. The Audi Q5 hybrid is a result of the second generation of the Volkswagen Groups Hybrid Development efforts. Their first generation of efforts brought us the 2011 VW Touareg, as well as the 2011 Porsche Cayenne S hybrid. Both of those vehicles used the 3.0 liter V6 engine, but the Q5 uses a 208 horsepower 2.0 liter direct injected 4 cylinder engine and most interestingly, the groups first lithium-ion battery pack.

The Q5 hybrid will top out at 138 miles per hour, accelerates from 0-62 mph in 7.1 seconds, and the European version has an estimated 33.6 miles to the gallon. The battery is warrantied for 7 years and is a very intricate piece of machinery as evidenced from the photos that John has posted here. The battery kicks in when the car is resting or when the car starts to “glide” around 62 miles per hour under light load conditions.

Needless to say, we’ll be interested to get behind the wheel of Audi’s next marvel when it hits Atlanta Audi dealers reportedly at the end of the year. Meanwhile, you can watch the video teaser that Audi leaked and also take in the wonderful photo gallery collection that Mr. Voelcker posted on The Car Connection site here;

And if you’d like to see how the new battery powered vehicle does its stuff, there are more diagrams here;

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