The Audi Q8 e-tron SUV: The Complete Guide For India

Audi Q8 e-tron SUV
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 95 kWh/ 114 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 455 - 535 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The Audi Q8 e-tron SUV

Audi AG, a Bavaria (Germany) based luxury automotive manufacturer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, the Germany automotive group. Volkswagen AG is one of the leading automotive companies in the global electric vehicle (EV) industry. Volkswagen aims to sell 3 million electric vehicles by 2025 and launch up to 70 new EV models over the next 10 years.

With the launch of its electric vehicle ID. Family, VW is fast cementing a dominant position is to become the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer by 2028, with the automotive behemoth planning to manufacturer 22 million electric vehicles.  The Audi all-electric e-tron portfolio includes:

Audi continues to execute its vision for e-mobility, since the introduction of its all-electric Audi e-tron SUV. The flagship Audi e-tron SUV has been replaced by the next-generation of electric vehicles (EVs) from the German automotive manufacturer. The all-electric Audi Q8 e-tron SUV is now the range-topping e-SUV from Audi. The Q8 e-tron is being manufactured at the Audi Brussels factory. 

The Audi Q8 e-tron is an ‘evolution’ and not a paradigm shift, in either styling or performance. But subtle and in some cases, not so subtle improvements, strongly position the latest-generation e-tron, to build on the success and learnings of Audi’s e-mobility experience. Audi claims up to 150,000 units of the first-generation e-tron SUV have been sold since its introduction. 

Audi’s current EV portfolio consists of 8 models, and the automotive manufacturer expects to have up to 20 models by 2026. The company is committed to becoming a ‘fully electric brand’ by 2030. This is part of Audi’s corporate strategy ‘Vorsprung 2030’. 

The Audi Q8 e-tron is available as both a standard SUV and as a Sportback. The Q8 e-tron SUV reflects not only a new name, face and corporate identity, but it also reflects a more capable pure electric SUV. Do keep in mind that the competition in the electric luxury-class SUV segment continues to intensify, as leading global automotive brands seek to gain market leadership in the premium electric mobility segment. 

The Q8 pure electric SUV is available in two EV battery sizes: 95 kWh and 114 kWh. An increase in size from the original Audi e-tron, which was also available in two battery sizes (71.2 kWh/ 95 kWh). Audi claims that the Q8 e-tron can achieve an electric range up to 455 km (WLTP) for the 95 kWh EV battery, and an e-range up to 535 km (WLTP) for the larger 114 kWh EV battery. 

A significant improvement in pure electric range, compared to the first-generation Audi e-tron. The Q8 has an improved aerodynamic efficiency (the drag coefficient has been reduced to 0.27 Cd), resulting in higher vehicle efficiency. Also improved is the onboard battery management system (BMS). 

Of course, the real-world zero-emission electric range will differ from the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test procedure (WLTP), which was introduced in 2017, to replace the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Expect a real-world e-range closer to 385 km for the 95 kWh EV battery and up to 450 km for the 114 kWh EV battery. Certainly, a useful and practical range for short and long distance travel. 

Audi has marginally improved the high-speed DC charging capability of the latest e-tron SUV. The EV offers rapid DC charging up to 170 kW, but only for the 55 e-tron variant. The 50 e-tron variant is available with 150 kW DC. The 95 kWh EV battery will take 28 minutes to achieve up to 80% charge at 150 kW DC, and will take up to 1 hour and 16 minutes to achieve 80% charge at 50 kW DC. The 114 kWh EV battery can be charged up to 80% in 31 minutes at 170 kW DC and 1 hour and 18 minutes at 50 kW DC. 

The Q8 e-tron has a three-phase 11 kW AC onboard charger as standard, with the option to upgrade to a 22 kW AC onboard charger. If you expect the majority of the charging to be done at home, upgrading to a 22 kW AC onboard charger will not be required, as most homes in India are powered by single-phase power supply i.e. in reality you will be charging at 7.4 kW AC. 

For those fortunate enough to have access to 11 kW three-phase EV charging at the workplace or any other public charging points, the 95 kWh EV battery can be fully charged in 9 hours and 15 minutes for 11kW AC charging. At 22 kW AC charging, it will take up to 4 hours and 45 minutes. 

For the larger EV battery (114 kWh), at 11 kW AC charging, it will take 11 hours and 30 minutes, and for 22 kW AC charging, it will take up to 6 hours. Of course, charging at single-phase (7.4 kW AC) will take longer compared to three-phase EV charging.

At 7.4 kW AC, the 95 kWh EV battery will take 14 hours and 30 minutes to fully charge, while 114 kWh will take up to 18 hours. We at e-zoomed recommend a ‘topping up’ approach to charging an electric car, this way, charging times are always shorter! 

The improvements continue: as an example, the Q8 e-tron has an improved asynchronous motor concept. It has upgraded the previous generation 12 coils to 14, further improving the delivery of torque for the Q8 and also reducing the energy required. 

The pure electric Q8 e-tron is available in two drivetrain options, the 50 e-tron and the 55 e-tron. Despite the weight of the four-wheel drive electric SUV (2,585 kg), the performance is impressive. The higher specification, 55 e-tron can achieve 0-100 km/h in 5.6 seconds (maximum power: 408 PS/ torque: 664 Nm). The 50 e-tron can achieve 0-100 km/h in 6 seconds (maximum power: 340 PS/ torque: 664 Nm). The top speed of the EV is 200 km/h. 

In terms of interior quality, equipment and technology, it reflects the premium price tag. The Q8 EV has 40 driver assistance systems, supported by five radar sensors, five cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors. The EV also incorporates remote paring assist plus, which is perfect for those tight parking spaces. The Q8 also uses the MMI touchscreen operating system, as is the case with the other Audi electric cars. The Q8 has two high-resolution displays, 8.6 inch and 10.1 inch. 

In terms of practicality, the SUV is only available as a five-seater, but offers ample cabin space for passengers. The EV has a boot size up to 569 L. The EV also has a frunk (62 L). For those unfamiliar with a frunk, it is a term used to describe a front storage compartment in an EV, perfect for storing an EV cable.

As expected, the interior cabin is completed to a premium finish, reflective of the price tag. Though the exterior styling has become more attractive, Audi continues to maintain a more traditional look for its electric cars. 

As is the trend now with global automotive manufacturers, Audi is also keen to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability, in particular, in regards to materials used for production. Audi has used recycled materials for insulation, damping and carpeting. The EV also incorporates recycled automotive plastic waste. The Q8 e-tron is expected to be certified as net-carbon-neutral for customers in Europe and the USA.

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet!

Improved and good pure electric rangeCheaper pure electric SUV are available
Technology-filled22 kW AC onboard charger not standard
11 kW AC onboard charger as standard170 kW DC charging not standard on all variants


The All-Electric Audi Q8 e-tron SUV (credit: Audi)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Available In India:No

Trims (1 Option)
Audi Q8 e-tron (from Rs N/A )

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 95 kWh/ 114 kWh
Charging:170 kW DC charging (10%-80%: 28-31 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 9.15 hrs – 11.30 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 160,000 km

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1633
Width (mm):2189
Length (mm):4915
Wheelbase (mm):2928
Turning Circle (m):N/A
Boot Space (L):569

Q8 50 e-tron quattro
EV Battery Capacity:95 kWh (89 kWh net capacity)
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):455 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):23.9 – 20.1
Charging:150 kW DC charging (10%-80%: 28 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 9 hrs 15 mins)
Top Speed:200 km/h
0-100 km/h:6 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):250
Max Power (PS):340
Torque (Nm):664 
Unladen Weight (kg):2,585
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Q8 55 e-tron quattro
EV Battery Capacity:114 kWh (106 kWh net capacity)
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):535 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):24.4 – 20.6
Charging:170 kW DC charging (10%-80%: 31 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 11 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:200 km/h
0-100 km/h:5.6 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):300
Max Power (PS):408
Torque (Nm):664
Unladen Weight (kg):2,585
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Top Reasons To Buy An Electric Vehicle (EV)

Never have the reasons to buy an electric car been more compelling, than in 2023. The past decade has witnessed a significant maturity of all types of electric vehicles (EVs), to include, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

A BEV, also known as a pure electric car, is propelled using energy stored in an EV battery via an electric motor. While a PHEV uses ‘hybrid technology’, to include, an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor, to propel the vehicle.

One of the primary differences between a BEV and a PHEV, is that, a pure electric car, like the best-selling Tesla Model 3, has a much longer zero-tailpipe emission electric range, compared to a plug-in hybrid electric car, like the Toyota Prius PHEV.

The reason is simple: a BEV has a much larger onboard EV battery. In general, the latest BEVs have a zero-emission range between 150 to 500 km on a single charge, while PHEVs average closer to 50 km. Given the significant increase in electric range, improvement in EV charging infrastructure and attractive government grants, BEVs are fast becoming the preferred type of electric vehicle to own!

In India, we have also witnessed an increase in the availability of pure electric cars. Some of these include: the all-electric BMW i7, the all-electric Kia EV6, the all-electric BMW iX, the all-electric BYD ATTO 3 and many more! Expect this momentum to increase significantly, as more EV automotive manufacturers cast an eye on the Indian automotive market!

Top Reasons To Buy An Electric Vehicle (EV)
Lower tailpipe emissions and lower air pollution i.e. improves air quality in the immediate area.
Significantly cheaper to recharge a full EV battery, compared to filling a full tank of petrol/ diesel.
Cheaper to drive per km, compared to an internal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car.
Lower maintenance costs, compared to aninternal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. Pure electric cars have fewer moving parts, so less can go wrong!
Lower noise pollution,compared to aninternal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. Noise pollution is as detrimental on health, as air pollution!
A vast range of fantastic EV available on sale, for all budgets and aspirations. EVs have come a long way since the introduction of the first generation all-electric Nissan Leaf in 2010.
Attractive government subsidies to support the uptake of electric cars. Take advantage while still available.

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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