The Audi A8 L TFSIe Plug-In Hybrid Saloon: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Audi A8 L TFSIe Plug-In Hybrid
Price: From € 114,480
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: Saloon
Battery size: 17.9 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 58 km
Tailpipe emissions: 49 - 41 g (CO2/km)


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The Audi A8 L TFSIe Saloon PHEV


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 has committed to an investment up to Euro 30 billion by 2023. It 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 to become the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer by 2028, with the automotive behemoth planning to manufacturer 22 million electric vehicles.  Audi also offers plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), to include:

The Audi A8 is a full-size executive premium saloon vehicle. The car has been manufactured since 1994. The Audi A8 is now in its fourth generation and utilises the Audi quattro technology. The A8 L luxury saloon is a long wheelbase version of the A8 standard variant, hence the ‘L’.

When it comes to high-end chauffeur driven luxurious executive saloons, there are very options for either a pure electric or plug-in hybrid variant. The likes of the Audi A8 L premium-badge plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) compete with a handful of premium alternatives, to include, Mercedes-Benz and BMW PHEVs.

The Audi A8 stretched long-wheelbase ‘L’ saloon PHEV does not come cheap. However, driving the A8 plug-in EV can still save money. Driving on pure electric mode is cheaper compared to using the internal combustion engine (ICE). The A8 PHEV tailpipe emissions are low (49 g CO2/km) compared to the conventional Audi A8 diesel or petrol variant (189g CO2/km).

Moreover the marriage of the internal combustion engine (3.0-litre petrol TFSI V6 engine) with an electric motor, increases the fuel efficiency of the electric vehicle i.e. lower petrol/ diesel costs! Audi claims a 2.2 l/100 km fuel economy, but of course, for real-world driving conditions the vehicle will be less efficient. Nevertheless, taking advantage of the electric mode will result in higher fuel efficiency. To further increase the efficiency of the electric vehicle, we also encourage using the maximum regenerative braking profile, as often as possible. It does take some getting used to regen braking, but, it is not a significant challenge!

The Audi electric vehicle has a 17.9 kWh onboard EV battery with a claimed emission-free EV range up to 58 km (WLTP). Like the real-world fuel economy, expect the real-world electric range to be lower. A 53 km EV range will be more realistic. But leveraging the hybrid technology by driving on e-mode, will help reduce running costs for the vehicle.

Of course, to leverage the EV range, keeping the EV battery charged on a regular basis is key. Given the size of the EV battery, charging at home via a dedicated residential EV charger, like Easee, should get the battery 100% charged in just over 2.5 hours. The PHEV has a 7.2 kW AC onboard charger and does not offer DC charging. Audi offers a 8 years or 150,000 km warranty.

In terms of performance, the Audi A8 does not disappoint. Despite the additional weight of the onboard EV battery, the all-wheel drive A8 L TFSI e is quick (0-100 km/h: 4.9 seconds). The EV has a maximum output of 340 PS and 700 Nm torque, with top speed up to 250 km/h. Do keep in mind that the EV also benefits from the availability of instant torque. Yes, as you can expect for the price tag, the A8 L offers a refined drive and on e-mode it benefits from a smoother and silent drive.

The exterior styling of the A8 PHEV is a good balance between traditional and new design. The EV is good looking without looking futuristic, so well suited for those keen on embracing new technology without feeling overwhelmed. The inside cabin is certainly luxurious and technology-filled, akin to a luxurious lounge. The drivers cockpit is well laid out and modern.

The EV includes: Audi virtual cockpit, Audi connect navigation and infotainment, Audi smartphone interface, head up display, camera-based traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise assist with emergency assist and more. In terms of practicality, the EV can comfortably seat adults in the front and rear seats. The boot space has been impacted by the onboard EV battery and the need to also carry an EV charging cable. Nevertheless the premium saloon offers 390 L cargo volume.

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


PROS CONS
A refined limo with a high quality interior and specificationsDC charging not available
Excellent space for rear seat passengersLimited to 7.2 kW onboard charger
Impressive driving performanceInfotainment system can be improved

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The Audi A8 L TFSIe PHEV (credit: Audi)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body Type:Saloon
Engine:Petrol-Electric
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (1 Option)
A8 L TFSI e (from € 114,480): 60 TFSI e tiptronic

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 17.9 kWh
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger 7.2 kW AC (0% – 100%: 2 hrs 30 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:49 – 41 g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 150,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh€ 2.10
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh€ 2.78
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh€ 2.87
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh€ 3.14
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh€ 3.37
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

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)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1485
Width (mm):2130
Length (mm):5302
Wheelbase (mm):3128
Turning Circle (m):N/A
Boot capacity (L):390

60 TFSI e tiptronic
EV Battery Capacity:17.9 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):58 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):23.8 – 22.1
Fuel Consumption (l/100 km):2.2 – 1.8
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger 7.2 kW AC (0% – 100%: 2 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:250 km/h
0-100 km/h:4.9 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):340
Torque (Nm):500
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:4
Unladen Weight (kg):2,405
Colours:10
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Ireland: EV Market Overview


As is the case in a number of global markets, to include the European Union and the United Kingdom, the sale of electric cars in Ireland is also fast gaining momentum. In fact, in January 2022, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), accounted for 21% of all new cars licensed in Ireland. Put another way, more than a fifth of the cars bought in Ireland were either pure electric or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

It is also worth nothing the continued decline in the sale of diesel vehicles in Ireland, as families and businesses migrate to lower tailpipe emission electric vehicles (EVs). Diesel market share has declined from 34.2% in early 2021 to 19.7% in early 2022. We can expect this trend to continue for the forseeable future.

The government has set a target of 936,000 electric vehicles by 2030, with 845,000 to be private passenger cars. This will be approximately a third of the vehicles on roads in Ireland (currently there are 2.8 million vehicles on the road). Like many other governments, Ireland is committed to ending the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars by 2030.

The government is committed to the rapid adoption of electric cars in the country. The Department of Transport has committed €100 million for EV subsidies in 2022 (almost double the commitment in 2021). The grant for private electric vehicles is up to €5,000 on qualifying battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), do not qualify for the electric vehicle grant.


Ireland: Top Electric Cars


Top Electric Cars Type Of EV
Tesla Model 3Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Volkswagen ID.3Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Nissan LeafBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Renault ZoeBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Volkswagen ID.4Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Hyundai IONIQ 5Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Kia e-NiroBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Kia EV6Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)

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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 the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar 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 AMIH, 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 is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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