Audi wants to appeal to its wealthy customers in China that also want an electric car. During this week Shanghai Auto Show, the German manufacturer unveiled the new Audi A6 L e-tron, a car scheduled to go into production in 2016 in China. 
The model is based on the long version of the Audi A6, which is already built in China, and is configured as a highly efficient parallel hybrid, meaning that its two drives are arranged one directly behind the other.
The 2.0 TFSI is a four-cylinder, gasoline engine producing 155 kW (211 hp) and 350 Nm of torque. The disk-shaped electric motor provides 91 kW and 220 Nm of torque. Together with a decoupler, this is integrated into the eight-speed tiptronic transmission, which transfers the power to the front wheels. System output is 245 hp maximum system torque is 500 Nm.
The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes just 8.4 seconds, and top speed is limited to 210 km/h (130.5 mph). The car consumes just 2.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, corresponding to 52 grams CO2 per kilometer. The Audi A6 L e-tron 2.0 TFSI covers 50 kilometers purely on electric power and with zero local emissions. But with the gasoline fuel tank it has total range is 880 kilometers.
Its lithium-ion battery comprises 104 cells and stores 14.1 kWh of energy. Located beneath the luggage compartment, the battery reduces its volume to 340 liters. The new two-phase charging technology allows charging with 7.2 kW of power.
The new Audi A6 L e-tron will be produced by an Audi joint venture with FAW-Volkswagen in the northern Chinese city of Changchun, and will be launched on the Chinese market in 2016.