udi has been experimenting with hybrid automotive engine technology and now, you will be able to really get Audi’s Q5 hybrid quattro as the first hybrid model with two drive systems of electric motor and gasoline engine.
Audi Q5 Quattro 2.0 hybrid engine’s gasoline engine is capable to offer power output up to 245 horse power or approx. 180 kW, 480 Nm (354.03 lb-ft) of torque. You will be able to speed up from 0 to 100km/h (62/mph) within 7.1 seconds, topping speed at 22 km/h (approximately 138 mph).
On the other hand, the electric power system could offer top speed of 100 km/h, however its range in electric-only mode is a meager three kilometers (1.86 miles) traveling at 60 km/h (37 mph).
A controller called hybrid manager will manage the transitions between the gasoline and electric motor operating modes. Meanwhile, once the 2.0 TFSI is turned off, an electric pump maintains the oil pressure in the hydraulic system to safeguard the vehicleâ€™s start-stop feature.
The electric motor offers a power output up to 45 horsepowerÂ (22 kW) and 211 Nm (155.6ft) of toque,Â while the lithium-ion battery system is designed with 72 cells, weighing 38 kg (84lb) and is hidden under the loading floor at crash-safe area.
Interior Temperature Control
When the vehicle interior and wall’s temperature is normal, a fan will be functioned as the cooler, however, once temperature exceeds a certain limit, a separate refrigerant circuit will be activated and with help of main climate control system, it fill start to chill the temperature down and evaporate the excess heat using a separate evaporator than the one used by the fan.
Audi is proud to promote this heavy-duty active cooling system as a distinctive feature on Q5 hybrid quattro from many other hybrid vehicles, which likely pay less attention toward the interior temperature control.
Audi Q5 Hybrid Quattro’s Operating Modes
Q5 Hybrid Quattroâ€™s parallel hybrid system is designed to have five different operating modes:
- combustion engine alone,
- electric drive alone and hybrid mode,
- boosting modes.
In recuperation mode the electric motor acts as a generator and recovers energy when the driver releases the accelerator, while in boosting mode the electric motor operates together with the combustion engine for quick acceleration.
Using a button on the center console or a selector lever the driver can switch between EV, D and S programs. EV mode gives priority to the electric drive in the city, while the D mode employs both motors for optimal fuel consumption and the S mode is designed for sporty driving.
Audi Q5 hybrid quattro’s interior designed with a power meter in the dash to inform total output of the hybrid system as a percentage. You will also see a second scale divided into color segments that shows share of power is being derived from the electric or combustion motors, and lastly the third instrument will indicate current charge level of the lithium-ion battery.
The car also features a WLAN hotspot, which provides an Internet connection for up to eight devices. Using an antenna on the roof the system provide a connection of up to 7.2 MBps using UMTS.
No further info on pricing yet, but expect to see Audi Q5 hybrid quattro by end of 2010 at your local Audi dealer with exclusive color dubbed “Polar Silver”.