Audi revealed a redesign of the e-tron, its first electric vehicle, about a month ago. The Q8 e-tron is the new name for the electric crossover, and the e-tron has a new look that is more in line with the recently unveiled Q4 e-tron. The updated Q8 e-tron will have a longer range on a single charge while maintaining the same power output as the original. It will still be offered in SUV or Sportback body styles.
For the American market, Audi will provide two powertrain choices for the Q8 e-tron, both of which come with Quattro all-wheel drive. The SQ8 e-tron has three electric motors that work together to produce almost 500 horsepower, compared to the Q8 e-tron 55’s dual motors that will produce 402 horsepower. These numbers line up with the e-tron and e-tron S models.
At its manufacturing plant in Brussels, Belgium, Audi started producing the new Q8 e-tron this week. Since the e-introduction tron’s in 2018, the Sportback has also been manufactured at the same factory; approximately 160,000 units have been produced so far. The Audi Brussels facility is recognised as the first carbon-neutral, high-volume production facility in the premium vehicle market, making it more than just a typical manufacturing facility. The Q8 e-tron will arrive as a certified net carbon-neutral vehicle because it was produced at a carbon-neutral facility. By 2025, Audi wants all of its production facilities to be carbon-neutral in operation.
The Audi plant in Brussels started moving toward carbon neutrality about ten years ago when it switched to green power. One of the biggest photovoltaic power systems in the area, constructed on factory grounds, provides the energy. Each year, this system produces about 9,000 megawatt hours. Additionally, the production of batteries uses renewable energy sources, and the rail transportation of the electric motors from Hungary to the Brussels plant helps to reduce carbon emissions.