The Germans from Audi launched the trial program for the A1 e-tron, a hybrid model which uses a standard gasoline engine along an electric motor for decent performance and outstanding fuel consumption. For now, the German company in partnership wih E.ON and Stadtwerke München and Technische Universität München (TUM) provided a fleet of 20 vehicles and the proper infrastructure in the city of Munich.
“In this era of electric mobility, we will offer our customers a wide range of services which go beyond driving itself, like for example the networking of vehicles with their surroundings and infrastructure”, said the company.
The 20 units of Audi A1 e-tron are the extended-range versions and are able to return a zero-emission driving range of 50 kilometers. From that point, a Wankel engine with a displacement of 0.25-liters takes the control returning a fuel consumption of just 1,9 liters/100 km and CO2 emissions of 45 g/km. In this situation, the range extends to 200 km while the total output remains the same, namely 102 horsepower.
The Audi A1 e-tron uses a standard lithium-ion battery pack and for now, the Germans are trying to figure out if the model is good for series production.