Audi has unveiled an extremely exciting concept car that could fill a major gap in the electric car industry. The Audi A6 Avant E-Tron Concept is a genuine family station wagon with an electric motor. Production is set to start in 2024.
An e-wagon at last
Fans of SUVs and sports cars can’t complain about Audi’s electric car lineup so far. After all, the E-Tron series shines with corresponding vehicle types with electric drive. On the other hand, those who are interested in a station wagon are still looking down the tube. Audi, as well as other carmakers, have so far only offered plug-in hybrids in addition to conventional combustion models. This is soon to come to an end. With its A6 Avant E-Tron Concept, Audi has presented a really chic luxury-class electric station wagon. But why are station wagons with electric motors so rare on the market at the moment?
The reason is probably due to demand, among other things. Compact class vehicles or SUVs are simply still the most sold car types on the market. So it’s hardly surprising that the majority of manufacturers are focusing on the production of these. From the point of view of energy efficiency, it would be much smarter to equip a station wagon with an electric motor instead of a tall SUV. The latter suffers much more air resistance due to its sheer height and consumes the battery much faster than a flat station wagon at the same speed and weight.
An “outlook on future series models”
The A6 Avant E-Tron is not intended to be an imaginatively designed concept car that merely serves as a guide for upcoming e-cars. Rather, according to Chief Development Officer Oliver Hoffmann, the A6 Avant E-Tron is
“a very concrete preview of future production models”
The first finished vehicles are expected to come off the production line as early as 2024. The manufacturer will thus finally fill the gap that Audi has not yet been able to cover with its E-Tron segment.
Impressive charging performance
It is not only the sporty design, which is reminiscent of the RS6, that is impressive about the electric A6. Almost everything under the hood seems to be just right, too. The heart of the station wagon is the PPE platform. This relies on 800 volts and should be able to offer a charging power of 270 kW. Audi itself illustrates the performance of the electric station wagon with an everyday example. According to the car manufacturer, it should take just ten minutes for the vehicle to collect enough battery capacity to cover 300 km. Anyone who wants to charge the e-combi from 5 percent to 80 percent should only have to leave it at the charging station for 25 minutes.
The total 100 kWh battery is said to provide a range of up to 700 km. Since the Audi A6 Avant E-Tron Concept is also to be available in different trim levels, the range naturally varies depending on the features. Audi was otherwise relatively reserved when presenting the battery technology of the electrifying A6 Avant. Thus, we know nothing more about the size of the battery or the consumption of the vehicle. Audi only hints at what could be another reason for the lack of e-wagons on the market. For example, their flat design is a real challenge for any battery concept. Fortunately, Audi was able to make its PPE base so flat that it harmonizes perfectly with the design of the A6 Avant E-Tron Concept.
As little drag as possible
While the performance of the sporty station wagon is astonishingly high, the A6 Avant E-Tron Concept scores with very low results in terms of cw value. According to Audi, this is just 0.24. This is made possible above all by the extremely flat design. The stylish A6 measures just 1.44 meters in height. Conversely, less air resistance also ensures a longer range. The electric station wagon is powered by two motors, each of which is located on the axles. They are said to offer just under 350 kW. A torque of a proud 800 Nm speaks for an extremely sporty driving performance.
Audi also cites figures from initial tests. For example, the A6 Avant E-Tron Concept is said to be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in under four seconds. However, according to Audi, these figures only apply to the features with the highest performance. According to the company, there will also be a version that focuses on the vehicle’s range and should consume less. Here, the carmaker from Ingolstadt wants to install not two, but only one engine. The acceleration of the version with more range should then be under seven seconds from 0 to 100 km/h – still a very good value.
Nothing for tight budgets
The A6 Avant has always been considered an estate car for the luxury class. This apparently does not change in the electrified version. Accordingly, we probably have to expect a high price for the Audi A6 Avant E-Tron Concept as well. However, the 4.96-meter-long and 1.96-width vehicle also offers a lot of space. Audi did not provide exact details on the trunk volume, but in this respect we can certainly take our cue from the alternative with an internal combustion engine.
This offers a total of 565 liters of storage space under the trunk lid. In addition to the conventional trunk, the Audi A6 Avant E-Tron Concept is also said to have a so-called frunk. This is located under the hood and also offers storage space. Audi does not want to do without its almost iconic digital exterior mirrors in the Audi A6 Avant E-Tron Concept. The Ingolstadt-based company justifies this step with the lower air resistance that results from it.