Audi Q4 e-tron charging guide

audi q4 e-tron ev charging guide
 

The Audi Q4 e-tron comes in under the larger e-tron in the German marque’s all-electric SUV line-up. Available with a range of power options, battery packs, and body styles, the Q4 e-tron offers something for most buyers.

Audi’s Q4 e-tron is available with either a 55 kWh or 82 kWh battery, and in either Q4 e-tron or Q4 e-tron Sportback form; Audi also offers three different power levels.

Audi Q4 e-tron Range

Official WLTP Range

Audi Q4 e-tron 35
208 miles

Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback 35
211 miles

Audi Q4 e-tron 40
316 miles

Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback 40
324 miles

Audi Q4 e-tron 50 quattro
298 miles

Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback 50 quattro
303 miles

Real-world Range

Audi Q4 e-tron 35
187 miles

Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback 35
190 miles

Audi Q4 e-tron 40
284 miles

Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback 40
292 miles

Audi Q4 e-tron 50 quattro
268 miles

Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback 50 quattro
273 miles

 

How to charge an Audi Q4 e-tron

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The Audi Q4 e-tron range uses the CCS charging standard, which consists of a combined AC and DC inlet port. The top portion of the inlet is for the Type 2 connector, which is used when charging at home, or at public slow and fast AC points. Both the upper and lower sections on the inlet are used to carry high power during rapid DC charging. The Audi Q4 e-tron’s CCS charging inlet is found on the rear flank, where you would expect to find a fuel filler flap.

The Audi Q4 e-tron is able to be slow, fast and rapid charged from public points, depending on the network and type of charge unit. In most cases, slow charging requires a 3-pin-to-Type 2 cable, and fast charging a Type 2-to-Type 2 cable, one of which is usually supplied with the vehicle. For rapid charging, the vehicle uses a tethered CCS connector which is part of the charging unit.


Type 2 – Slow & FastCCS – Rapid
type2-connector
ccs

Charging on AC or DC requires the EV driver to plug the connectors into the correct inlet, after which the car then ‘talks’ to the charging unit to make sure there is a power supply, that there are no faults, and that it is safe to start charging. If charging at private home or workplace charge point, the vehicle then automatically starts charging.

On a public charger, an activation process is required to initiate charging. Depending on the network provider, this may require the use of an RFID card or smartphone app, often linked to an account which has been set up beforehand. Contactless pay-as-you-go is now commonplace on rapid charge points. Once activated, the units will conduct further connection and account checks before starting to charge the vehicle.


How long does it take to charge an Audi Q4 e-tron?

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The following table shows approximate time to charge an Audi Q4 e-tron 40, which accepts power up to 125 kW DC and 11 kW AC. Times are for a 100% charge for all but rapid charging, which is quoted for 0-80% as most rapid chargers reduce or cut power well before 100% charge to protect the battery and maximise efficiency.

Note that the times shown are only a guide, as very rarely will an EV need to be fully charged from 0%. Other factors that might vary the charging time include ambient temperature, in-vehicle energy loads, any upper and lower charge restrictions to extend battery life and protect against potential damage, and charging rates slowing down as the maximum charge is reached.


Rapid 150kWRapid 100kWRapid 50kWFast 22kWFast 7kWSlow 3kW
35 mins
0-80%
45 mins
0-80%
1.2 hours
0-80%
7 hours
0-100%
11 hours
0-100%
26 hours
0-100%

 

The Audi Q4 e-tron is fitted with an 11 kW on-board charger for Type 2 AC charging as standard. This means that even when connected to a fast charger with a rated output above 11 kW, the Audi Q4 e-tron will only be able to charge at up to 11 kW.

Audi Q4 e-tron 40 & 50 quattro models are capable of ultra-rapid charging at up to 125 kW DC, and Q4 e-tron 35 models are able to charge at up to 100 kW DC.

Use Zap-Map’s Home Charging Calculator to estimate charging times for an Audi Q4 e-tron. The level of battery charge, connector speed, and on-board charger options can be tailored to your requirements for more accurate results.


How much does it cost to charge an Audi Q4 e-tron?

The table shown below shows estimates of the cost to charge the Audi Q4 e-tron 40’s 82 kWh (77 kWh net) battery at home (on a domestic tariff) or using a rapid charge point. Cost estimates are dependent on the charge remaining, usable battery capacity, and age of battery pack. Cost per mile is calculated using an estimate of real-world range.

TypeCost/kWhCost to chargeCost per mile
Home16 p/kWh£12.304.2 p/mile
Public Rapid40 p/kWh to 80% charge£24.6010.5 p/mile

 

Based on these figures, the Audi Q4 e-tron 40’s fuel costs are 4-10 p/mile based on real-world energy usage, the cost depending on the type of charging. In general, home charging provides the cheapest per mile cost and public rapid charging tends to be around double the cost (per charge and per mile). These fuel costs compare favourably with 13-16 p/mile for conventional petrol and diesel cars.

To find the cost and times to charge an EV on a public charge point, Zap-Map’s Public Charging Calculator calculates charging costs for any new or used plug-in vehicle. The results can be personalised for different electricity costs and the level of charge required.

Charging an Audi Q4 e-tron at home

audi q4 e-tron home charging

Buying an Audi Q4 e-tron will likely entitle you to an Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grant. This will give you up to £300 off the cost of a fully installed charge point at home. Certain criteria need to be met, and off-street parking needs to be available too.

Customers can buy an OLEV approved charge point from any supplier, as long as it is also fitted by an OLEV approved installer in order to qualify for the EVHS. There are a number of different points and prices on the market so it is worth shopping about beforehand so you know what’s on offer.

 

Charging an Audi Q4 e-tron on public networks

audi q4 e-tron public charging

The UK has a large number of public EV charging networks, with some offering national coverage and others only found in a specific region. The major UK-wide networks include BP Chargemaster (Polar), Ecotricity, Pod Point, and Charge Your Car.

Payment and access methods across networks vary, with some networks providing an RFID card and others a smartphone app to use their services. While most require an account to be set up before use, some rapid units with contactless PAYG card readers are starting to be installed.

Although some EV charge points are free to use, the majority of fast and rapid chargers require payment. Charging tariffs tend to comprise a flat connection fee, a cost per charging time (pence per hour) and/or a cost per energy consumed (pence per kWh). For more information about network tariffs, visit Zap-Map’s public charge point networks guides.


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