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2019 Audi PlugIn-Hybrids

The hybrid program of 2019 offers the possibility of the comparison. For this we leave out the pure electric vehicles and also the mild hybrids. An A8 should also be sufficient for us. Therefore, its long version is not listed here. In any case, it is a combination of a petrol with an electric motor.

All vehicles came on the market in the last quarter of 2019. This speaks for the assumption that their appearance is strongly motivated by the CO2 regulations that will come into force in 2020 for new vehicles. Plug-in hybrids cushion the possible consequences a little.

However, since the well-equipped luxury class will initially be hybridized and there are only all-wheel drives, the desire to buy and thus relaxation when achieving less CO2 should not set in as soon. All of them are petrol engines, which are combined here with electric motors. The electric motors are each in the clutch housing.

There is the S tronic dual clutch transmission with 7 gears and the automatic converter with 8 gears, the former with four cylinders, the latter with six cylinders. The Q7 can even be ordered with 2 different power levels at the electric motor. These hybrids are not intended for fast DC charging, which is already impossible with a socket without CCS. They are probably only charged at the beginning of a long journey.

In general, one looks at the plug-in hybrid with suspicion, and would prefer to deny it the e-license plate, the tax advantages and municipal traffic privileges. By the way, it is often not so clear with a hybrid drive that the data for the electric motor is not about the continuous but rather the peak performance that is only available for a certain time.

After all, Audi distinguishes something that is not even differentiated in all electric cars, because they cannot do both, namely recuperation by boost and that by braking. The former usually begins e.g. when you take your foot off the accelerator pedal, the latter most likely when braking briefly. However, with many manufacturers whose cars can do this, it remains unclear how strong the return flow of energy can be and over what range of braking it continues. 01/20

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