Production for the upcoming Audi Q4 e-tron has officially begun, at the Zwickau, Saxony plant. It’s the same plant that builds the Volkswagen ID.4, which should come as no surprise as both cars are built on the same MEB modular electric platform. Though, tool-makers from the Audi Neckarsulm and Ingolstadt plants played a hand in developing the assembly line for the Zwickau plant’s Q4 e-tron production.
“The cross-brand collaboration in Zwickau demonstrates once again the enormous synergy potential that we enjoy with the Volkswagen Group. The on-schedule start of production of the Audi Q4 e-tron is testament to the outstanding teamwork – among the Volkswagen and Audi colleagues alike. Our compact electric SUV is unmistakably a true Audi that will wow our customers with its outstanding quality and everyday usability.”
Audi’s Zwickau plant is also carbon neutral, thanks to the use of renewables and has a highly-efficient combined heat-and-power plant. Audi will also further its eco-friendliness by recycling the Q4 e-tron’s batteries for second life usage. So when Q4’s reach their ends, their batteries will be reused elsewhere.
The Audi Q4 e-tron will be fully revealed, specs and all, this April, and will go on sale in Europe this Summer. When it goes on sale, it will be the third fully-electric car from the Audi brand to join the lineup, alongside the e-tron SUV (and its variants), and the e-tron GT. It will also be the entry-level e-tron model and the car that will attempt to pull a large portion of Audi’s customer base over to electric.
We don’t have pricing for the Q4 e-tron just yet but it’s possible that it’s priced similarly to the Audi Q5. If that’s the case, it will make a very compelling argument for current Q5 customers to make the switch. Its blend of usable real-world range, high-tech cabin, unique looks, and all-electric powertrain could make it a very attractive entry-level Audi EV.