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Audi is expanding its new e-tron model
family step by step. The A1 e-tron, which Audi is showing at the Geneva
Motor Show, is an innovative Mega City Vehicle (MCV). Like its sports
car brothers, it has an electric drive system. The A1 e-tron has a range
of more than 31 miles in city traffic, and its peak output of 102PS also
makes it fun to drive. A compact internal combustion engine recharges
the battery when its energy is depleted.
The powerful front-mounted, transverse
electric motor thrusts the A1 e-tron forward with authority. The car
sprints from a standstill to 62mph in only 10.2 seconds on its way to a
top speed of more than 80mph. The compact MCV is a zero-emissions
vehicle for the first 31.07 miles that it is underway, such as in city
traffic. The battery comprises a package of lithium-ion modules mounted
in the floor assembly in front of the rear axle.
A small, single-rotor Wankel engine is
used in this near-series concept vehicle to increase the range in
exceptional circumstances. This “range extender” powers a generator that
produces 15 kW of charging power. If the range extender is used to
recharge the battery, the A1 e-tron can cover an additional 124 miles of
range. According to a draft standard for the computation of fuel
consumption for range extender vehicles, this represents a fuel
consumption of 148.7mpg – a CO2 equivalent of only 45 g/km.
Thanks to its grown-up, sporty yet
comfortable character, the Audi A1 e-tron drives like a car from a
larger class. The concept car rolls on 18 inch alloy wheels. Many fine
details in the interior document the Audi philosophy: The new electric
mobility requires absolutely no sacrifices in terms of sportiness or
comfort – on the contrary – it stands for an innovative and smart form
of driving fun.