Audi BEV Hatchback Concept Claims 435-Mile Range

Audi has unveiled its latest hatchback BEV concept focused on providing a recharge experience to rival the fill-up times of ICE vehicles at service stations.

The Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept debuted at the automaker’s 2022 Annual Media Conference. Similar to the concept unveiled in Shanghai last year, the A6 Avant also has an exclusively electric drive system based on the forward-looking PPE platform, developed under Audi’s leadership.

Audi says that at the heart of the A6 Avant e-tron concept’s drive technology, and that of all future PPE models, will be the 800-volt charging technology. Like the Audi e-tron GT quattro before it, this ensures that the battery can be charged with up to 270kW in a very short time at fast-charging stations.

The technology claims that just 10 minutes is enough time to charge the battery to a level sufficient to power the car for more than 186 miles. In less than 25 minutes, the concept’s 100kWh battery can be charged from 5% to 80%. Depending on the mode of driving selected, the vehicle claims a total range of 435 miles between charges while boasting a 0-62mph acceleration time in less than 7 seconds, reducing to under 4 seconds for the range-topping performance versions.

Audi board member for technical development, Oliver Hoffmann, said: “With the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept, we are offering a completely tangible look at future production models on our new PPE technology platform. We’re not just electrifying the Avant’s successful 45-year history. What we want most of all is to use technical skills to add an exclamation point.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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