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Audi A1 e-tron

Geneva, Switzerland – Audi has unveiled two “green” vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show: the all-electric A1 e-tron and the A8 Hybrid.

Audi calls the A1 e-tron a Mega City Vehicle, or MCV, and like its sports car e-tron sibling, has an electric drive system. In city traffic it has a range of more than 50 kilometres, with a peak output of 102 horsepower. A compact internal combustion engine recharges the battery when the energy is depleted for an additional 200 kilometres.

The A1 e-tron uses a package of lithium-ion modules mounted in the floor in front of the rear axle, while a small, single-rotor Wankel engine is used to increase the range. Audi said the vehicle is a “near-series concept” and was designed specifically for use in the metropolitan areas of Europe and North America, and in the rapidly-growing mega-cities of Asia and South America.

The A8 hybrid is presented as a technology concept at the show. Its 2.0-litre four-cylinder gasoline engine and electric power unit develop a combined total of 245 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, providing the driving performance of a large six-cylinder engine but with an average consumption of 6.2 L/100 km. The A8 hybrid can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and achieve a top speed of 235 km/h.

As it is a full hybrid, it can be propelled by either the gasoline engine or electric motor alone, or by the combined power of both. In all-electric mode, the hybrid drive can propel the car at speeds of up to 65 km/h for a range of over two kilometres.

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