2010 Geneva Auto Show: Audi A1 e-tron

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After yesterday German carmaker Audi announced it will present an e-tron version of the A1 at the Geneva Auto Show, full details of the model expected to form the back bone of the company's e-tron sub-brand were released today.

Forming a class of its own, Mega City Vehicle, the new A1 is a four passenger compact electric car in the premium class. It was built to be used in city environments in Europe and North America, as well as in metropolitan areas in Asia and South America.

The A1 e-tron uses a transversely mounted synchronous electric motor, which has a continuous output of 45 kW (61 hp), with peak power of 75 kW (102 hp) available in short bursts. As with any electric vehicle, 150 Nm of torque is continuously available, with the peak torque reaching 240 Nm.

The motor uses a single-speed transmission to send power to the wheels. The driver can control the transmission by using “Drive,” “Reverse,” and “Neutral” via a retractable selector lever.

Power for the electric motor is stored in a battery pack which allows for a maximum range of 50 kilometers (31.07 miles). When needed for
longer trips, the batteries are recharged with the help of a so-called range extender, in fact a single-rotor 254 cc Wankel engine. The range gained by using the extender can reach 200 kilometers (124.27 miles).

Combined, the two operating modes make for an average fuel consumption of 1.9 l/100 km (123.80 US mpg), meaning 45 g/km of CO2 are released into the air. The fuel tank for the Wankel engine can hold only 12 liters (3.17 US gallons).

Visually, the A1 is basically the same, in terms of shapes and sizes, with the production version A1. Still, efforts have been made to make it look different. The car is painted in “Aqua Mint, pearl effect” and, as with both the other two e-tron models, rides on 8-inch wheels with a 20-spoke turbine design.

Inside, the outside color is also featured on the door panels and the center console. The shift lever is a special leather-wrapped design, as with all e-tron models.
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