Audi’s Electric A2 and Hybrid A1 Binned

Audi A2 E-Tron Concept 1 photo
Photo: Audi
The current holdback to the proper expansion of the EV industry are the high prices associated with manufacturing and material costs, especially for the battery packs and now we have a new carmaker that is stepping back on this front: Audi.
Reportedly, this fear has lead Audi to cancel two of their 'green' projects, despite clearly going ahead with at least one of them. The two cancelled projects are the all-electric A2 and the hybrid A1, with the former being cancelled specifically due to its extremely high expected price of €40,000 ($49,800). So, it looks like we’ll only be remembering the electric A2 only as a funky concept from the Geneva motor show, the white bubble-shaped Audi with those great wrap-around indicators and DRLs.

The other cancelled project is the wankel-powered A1 plug-in hybrid, a rather interesting proposition from Audi, usually a very serious manufacturer for people who very rarely smile. This hasn't dented their confidence in EVs completely, though, as the all-electric A3s are already undergoing real-world testing in the US and will defintely be a success when launched.

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