The Audi Q8 TFSIe Plug-In Hybrid SUV: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Audi Q8 TFSIe Plug-In Hybrid SUV
Price: From € 98,898
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 17.9 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 45 - 48 km
Tailpipe emissions: 60 - 52 g (CO2/km)

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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 is 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 Q8 is a premium SUV launched in 2018. The Q8 is a flagship model of the German automotive group and is manufactured at the Volkswagen Bratislava plant. The Audi Q8 is available as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

If you like the Audi Q7 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, but are keen on a sportier exterior design, the Audi Q8, is your best option for a spacious, but stylish large-sized environment-friendly coupè-SUV. Though the Q8 and Q7, have much in common, the Q8 sloping roofline sets it apart from the Q7.

One of the many advantages of driving a plug-in hybrid electric SUV, is the lower cost per mile when driven on e-mode, and the overall increase in fuel economy. The Audi PHEV has a claimed fuel economy up to 2.6 l/100km, significantly better than the fuel economy of the conventional petrol or diesel variant. However, the key in leveraging the benefits of the electric mode, is to use it as often as possible.

Therefore, adopting a habit of topping-up on a regular basis, and using the onboard EV battery range to its maximum, is imperative in lowering driving costs. Put another way, achieving anything close to the manufacturers claimed fuel economy will require driving the EV on e-mode as much as possible.

The Audi PHEV has a 17.9 kWh onboard EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of up to 48 km. Depending on driving style, weather condition, passenger load, services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 42 km.

Though the EV range is limited, it is still sufficient for shorter commutes. Like most electric vehicles (EVs), the Audi PHEV incorporates regenerative braking to increase driving efficiency i.e. EV range. The onboard charger is limited to 7.2 kW AC and can be charged overnight via a dedicated domestic EV charger.

The all-wheel drive PHEV combines a 3.0 litre V6 petrol engine with an electric motor, which is powered by the onboard EV battery. The EV has a maximum output of 381 PS and total system torque up to 600 Nm. Despite the weight of the vehicle, which has increased due to the placement of the EV battery, the EV can achieve 0-100 km/h in 5.8 seconds for the 55 TFSIe quattro tiptronic variant. Top speed is up to 240 km/h. Bottom-line, good driving performance and the EV benefits from instant torque, a smoother and quieter drive.

In regards to practicality, the PHEV does not offer a 7-seater option, but the 5 seat PHEV is luxurious and comfortable for rear and front seat passengers. The roofline does impact headroom for taller passengers in the rear, but there is ample legroom. The EV offers 505 L boot space.

The EV interior cabin is completed to a high specification, as is expected from a premium brand, and the EV is technology-filled, to include, the MMI navigation plus, MMI touch response, a 12.3″ Audi virtual cockpit and more. The EV also incorporates a host of driver safety assistance technology, to include, pre sense front and lane assist.

The Audi Q8 EV has a claimed 60 – 52 g (CO2/km) tailpipe emissions, again much lower than the conventional petrol or diesel variant. Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet.

High standard specifications and techLimited electric range (48 km)
Good exterior styling and practicalDoes not have a seven-seat option
A comfortable driveHigh tailpipe emissions and low fuel efficiecy compared to alternative PHEVs


The Audi Q8 TFSIe PHEV SUV (credit: Audi)

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

Variants (2 Options)
Audi Q8 S line 55 TFSIe (from € 98,898)
Audi Q8 Competition 60 TFSIe (from € 105,293.83)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 17.9 kWh
Charging:DC charging not available. On-board charger 7.2 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:60 – 52 g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 160,000 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

Height (mm):1705
Width (mm):2190
Length (mm):4986
Wheelbase (mm):2995
Turning Circle (m):13.3
Boot capacity (L):505

55 TFSIe
EV Battery Capacity:17.9 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):45 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):25 – 24
Fuel Consumption (l/100km):2.6 – 2.3
Charging:DC charging not available. On-board charger 7.2 kW AC
Top Speed:240 km/h
0-100 km/h:5.8 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Max Power (PS):381
Torque (Nm):600
Unladen Weight (kg):2,515
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

60 TFSIe
EV Battery Capacity:17.9 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):48 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):25 – 24.2
Fuel Consumption (l/100km):2.6 – 2.3
Charging:DC charging not available. On-board charger 7.2 kW AC
Top Speed:240 km/h
0-100 km/h:5.4 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Max Power (PS):462
Torque (Nm):700
Unladen Weight (kg):2,515
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

Air Quality: An Overview

If there is one common theme that unites many of us, it is the concern over worsening air quality in our villages, towns and cities. This concern is not unique to Ireland, but a narrative that is now firmly centre stage globally. The detrimental health consequences of higher pollution, in particular, on the vulnerable, like children and the elderly is significant, and well documented.

According to the WHO (World Health Organisation), the PM2.5 concentration in Ireland is currently 1.6 times higher than the WHO annual air quality guideline value. WHO has described air pollution as the ‘single biggest environmental health risk’, leading to an increase in the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory diseases.

Electric vehicles and in particular, zero-tailpipe emission EVs, also known as battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), help improve local air quality i.e. a pure electric car does not have a tailpipe/ exhaust, hence, zero-tailpipe emissions! Without an iota of doubt, all types of EVs, to include, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are better for improving air quality, compared to conventional petrol and diesel vehicles. We encourage all drivers in Ireland to migrate to lower emission electric driving.

Type Of Pollutants
Particulate matter (PM or PM 2.5)
Ammonia (NH3)
Nitrogen Oxide (NOx)
Sulphur Dioxide (SO2)
Non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCS)

Primary Sources Of Pollutants
Road transportation
Industrial processes
Farming and agricultural processes
Waste industry
Energy generation
Domestic burning
Other forms of transportation, such as aviation, shipping and railroads

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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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