Yes, wagons can also be electric.
We’ve seen plenty of electric sedans and SUVs, but electric wagons are still rare.
Now Audi is changing that with its new Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept. The car, announced at Audi’s annual press conference in 2022, is an electric luxury car with fast charging, a long range and tons of space for its passengers and cargo.
If you’ve been following Audi, the new car will be completely unfamiliar to you; it is based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) as the Audi A6 E-Tron concept(opens in a new tab)it was announced in April 2021 – only now it goes by the name Avant, meaning it’s a car.
It’s still a concept car, which means it won’t come to market in this form, but Audi says(opens in a new tab) it’s “production-oriented”, so we’re guessing that means it’s not far from a car that will be available for purchase.
Audi calls the Audi A6 Avant e-tron its “storage champion” because it is long and spacious (4.96 meters long, 1.96 meters (6.4 feet) wide and 1.44 meters (4.7 feet) high) and can store a lot of energy, with a battery that will provide a range of up to 700 kilometers (435 miles) according to WLTP standards. The battery will also charge very quickly thanks to Audi’s 800 volt charging technology; According to Audi, a 10-minute stop at a charging station should give the car about 300 kilometers (186 miles) of range.
Acceleration figures vary for example; the fastest version will reach 0-100 km / h in “less than four seconds”, while the entry-level variant will achieve the same task in “less than seven seconds”. These numbers are available with two electric motors that produce a total of 469 horsepower.
Because it’s an Audi, the A6 Avant e-tron has a ton of technical goodies, including digital matrix LED lights that can display video games on the wall and a customizable OLED rear light strip.
Audi says the first production cars built on the PPE platform will arrive in 2023, though it’s unclear if the A6 Avant e-tron will be among them.