Audi Unveils Q8 e-tron with Increased Range and Efficiency

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Audi has unveiled the Q8 e-tron electric vehicle (EV) with range options of up to 600 kilometers (372.8 miles) with its Sportback trim, as detailed in a press release shared on Wednesday.

The Q8 e-tron also offers as many as 582 km (361.6 miles) in the SUV edition, with both ranges verified according to the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).

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The announcement details three drivetrain variants, each including all-wheel-drive: the Audi Q8 50 e-tron, the Audi Q8 55 e-tron, along with the performance-level Audi SQ8 e-tron, the latter of which happens to include three motors instead of two.

The base version of the Q8 50 e-tron has a range of 491 km, while the base 55 e-tron drivetrain with Sportback trim includes 505 km and the SUV version of the vehicle offers 582 km. The performance SQ8 drivetrain offers between 494 and 513 km of range for the base model and Sportback versions, respectively.

Buyers can purchase two different battery sizes, including the Q8 50 e-tron bearing 89 net kilowatt-hours (95 gross kWh) and a larger battery option with 106 net kWh (114 gross kWh).

While the Audi electric vehicle (EV) lineup currently includes eight different models, the automaker is targeting over 20 models released by 2026 — an even earlier goal than its original plans to release 20 EVs by 2027.

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It’s not yet clear how most of the models will be priced, though the release does say the base price for the Audi Q8 e-tron will be 74,400 euros ($75,051) in Germany.

The initial launch of the Audi Q8 e-tron is set for mid-November with a substantial market launch aiming for February 2023.