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New hybrid focus in executive sector

Audi is shaking up the executive sector with its powerful new TFSI e plug-in hybrid technology. Already available on the Q5 range, it will be added to the A6, A7 and A8 model ranges shortly.

Hybrid vehicles offer many advantages compared to conventionally-powered petrol or diesel vehicles.First of all, they are designed to maximise fuel efficiency.According to the RAC, they typically use up to 30% less fuel per mile than conventionally-powered vehicles so save money on fuel costs.

They also emit on average between 25% and 35% less carbon dioxide, pay less road tax, and are less likely to incur congestion charges.Hybrid cars can travel through London's congestion charge zone free of charge, for example.

As the trailblazer for the new range of plug-in models, the Q5 55 TFSI e combines, for the first time, the economic and environmental benefits of electrified driving with the efficiency of quattro ultra technology.

It has a 26-mile range and an 84mph top speed using electric power from the alone and emits just 49g/km of carbon dioxide (based on the WLTP cycle.The 2.0-litre, 252PS four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine has a top speed of 148mph and can reach 62mph from zero in just 5.3 seconds.

Even with a 220-volt household outlet, an empty battery can be fully recharged overnight in roughly six hours.Using a three-phase AC public charging point, the battery can be recharged in just 2.5 hours.

The myAudi app allows the driver to check the battery and range status, begin the charging process, program the charge timer and view the charge and consumption statistics. What’s more, route planners in both the app and the MMI on board navigation system show the nearest charging stations.