Electric vehicle range is the most important factor for almost all customers. However, in reality, range is only half the battle. The other half is charge speed. The quicker an EV can charge, the less range is needed. Which is why it’s good news for potential Audi Q4 e-tron customers that the four-ringed brand recently increased the Q4’s charge speed.
Admittedly, this only happens in Europe and, unfortunately, it isn’t offered to existing customers. New Audi Q4 e-tron customers will, however, get an updated charge speed, which is due entirely to software tweaks. So instead of the original 125 kW of charge speed, the updated Q4 e-tron now gets 135 kW charging. Though, that’s still not as fast it’s as Audi e-tron GT’s blazing charge speed of 270 kW but it does provide a bit of extra juice.
This upgrade is applied across the board for Q4 e-tron models. Lesser Audi Q4 e-tron models; the Q4 e-tron 40 and Q4 e-tron 40 Sportback; use a 51.5 kWh battery pack. While pricier models; Q4 e-tron 45, Q4 e-tron 50, and Q4 e-tron 50 Sportback; get a 76.6 kWh battery. With the new upgrade, the smaller battery models will charge from 5-80 percent SOC (State of Charge) in just 29 minutes. While the larger battery models will go from 5-80 percent SOC in 36 minutes.
It’s unfortunate that the update won’t be applied to existing owners, as it’s only a software update, it would seem — at least from the outside — that it could easily be applied to existing cars. The software update improves thermal battery management, to allow faster charging without overheating the battery. Without any mechanical changes, it’s interesting that existing vehicles can’t be updated to feature the same thermal management.
As of right now, this update is only for Euro-market cars and won’t come to North American cars. So US Q4 e-tron customers will stay at 125 kW.