The Audi Q4 e-tron is the sensible car in Audi’s lineup of EVs; it’s not the fastest, nor the longest range, but it’s smart, affordable, comfortable, and practical. However, two new model variants of the Q4 e-tron have just been released and they bring more power and more range to the existing Q4 lineup.
For starters, there’s the long-range Audi Q4 40 e-tron, which is a rear-wheel drive model that packs a single 150 kW (201 horsepower) electric motor at the rear axle. Combined with the same 77 kWh battery pack and the Q4 40 e-tron has a range of up to 534 km (331 miles), making it the longest-range Q4 model yet.
Adding a second electric motor to the front axle turns the Audi Q4 40 e-tron into the Audi Q4 45 e-tron Quattro, giving it both more power and all-wheel drive. Combining both electric motors bumps power up to 195 kW (261 horsepower), which can get the Q4 45 e-tron to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.9 seconds. Though, range does drop slightly, falling to a maximum of 490 km (301 miles).
To ease the burden of climate guilt for Audi Q4 e-tron owners, Audi’s latest electric model has just been officially declared to be carbon neutral by the German TÜV NORD . All of Audi’s efforts in sustainable, clean energy, in both its manufacturing plants and all of its supply chains, offset the carbon emissions from actually manufacturing the vehicle. So the Q4 e-tron is now considered a net carbon neutral vehicle. Though, it must be said that the declaration excludes the manufacturing of the car’s battery pack, which is still quite hazardous to the environment, for all electric cars, not just the Q4.
The TÜV NORD issued a statement about the Q4 e-tron’s carbon neutrality: “Audi ensures that carbon emissions along the supply chain, throughout the production process, and in logistics, among other areas, have been proportionately avoided or reduced through the use of electricity from renewable sources. This explicitly includes the production of the vehicles’ high-voltage battery.
In addition, Audi goes further by offsetting unavoidable CO2-equivalent emissions through its support for internationally recognized carbon offsetting projects.”