According to an Automotive News report, every next-generation Audi A8 will be electrified. The company plans to swap out the decades-old 12-volt power system on its flagship sedan in favor of a 48-volt power system, meaning every A8 will technically be a mild hybrid.
Basically the system will center around a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack, which will recapture and store energy from the braking system during coasting and stopping. The additional voltage of the car’s wiring will also allow the engine to shut down during coasting as it will be able to run on electric. Audi says it can coast up to 45 seconds with the engine off between speeds of 19 to 99 mph.
Audi claims that the system will also add power to the A8. The system will be able to generate about 12 kW of power, which is enough to reduce fuel consumption by about 0.7 liters per 100 km in the European drive cycle.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen 48-volt systems popping up. Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a 48-volt electrical system on the refreshed S Class that launches next month. You can expect both Audi and Mercedes-Benz to trickle the system down to the rest of their product lines rather quickly.
Audi will be revealing the new A8 and further details of its powertrain system on July 11th during the company’s first “Audi Summit.”