Audi A1 E-Tron Concept Review

It used to be that the “Fun Run” phrases and “electric car”, mutually exclusive, with no real hope of reconciliation, the devil, see the phrases “regular production” and “electric car” so close to each other is still again. Then came the Tesla Roadster. Now, Witness 525 hp Mercedes-Benz SLS E-Cell, which the author sells guide public speculation about a quarter of a million dollars and a little less, but still out-of-time, Audi and Auto-tron sports that should cost about $ 150,000 when production begins in 2012.
It is clear that the game is running. The real revolution, but it is with cars for ordinary people, cars like the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, and this. The third concept in the Audi family e-tron, it is a surprise! Based on A1. It was designed as a “vehicle megalopolis”, a small, agile, supposedly affordable car with everyday use all around and four proper seats. Basically, the ideal city commuter, with the added benefit of being a car that would not be totally tasteless for amateurs.
The A1 is powered by a synchronous electric motor cross, mounted on the front and low in the chassis. It is powered by a lithium ion rechargeable 12 kWh mounted under the floor and has a continuous output of 61 horsepower and 111 lb-ft of torque. Like the Porsche 911 Turbo-ok, maybe not exactly as she is able to generate more power over short distances up to 102 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. According to Audi, 0 to 62 mph in 10.2 seconds to play, the maximum speed and joins the north of 80 miles per hour.
About yourself, the battery and electric drive good for 30 miles, which Audi deemed suitable for city riding daily average. A fully discharged battery requires about three hours to recharge if plugged into an outlet of 220 volts or two times a source of 110 volts. For larger distances, is a gas A1-254-cc single rotor Wankel engine which can be used to recharge the battery. The rear engine has no direct link with the wheels and used exclusively as a generator. And contrary to the rotation of your RX-7, you do not hear run. Scopes Range Extender, um, the distance about 155 miles. With the rotary magazine, says Audi A1 returns e-tron equivalent cruise to 124 mpg on the European cycle. Fuel capacity is a little over three gallons.
The front wheels are driven by a transmission in a single step that report directly to the motor. In the absence of change in velocity, the acceleration is very straightforward. Inside the cabin, the shifter can be chosen from four modes, D, R, N, and range. Fortunately, the first three are familiar. “Range” activates the rotary engine, which the driver can turn on and off at will if the battery is discharged, in which case it stays on.
Predictably, the experience of driving in A1 e-tron is completely different from a traditional combustion engine vehicle. For something with so little power to run it with great enthusiasm. The almost total lack of powertrain noise when you pull on the road is somewhat troubling, the stronger the sounds come from the wind and the asphalt itself. You get used to the futuristic whoosh fast, however, and trampled on “gas” is an addiction.
We found an A1-tron and a surprisingly entertaining dance partner ready when the urge strikes to start laying around. direct steering, brakes adequate and easily adaptable. You would not know it is electric, if it was not for lack of noise. Excluding the impact shows aggressive deceleration typical of electric vehicles, the engine is the energy crop to feed the batteries, but the sense of dragging is hardly as extreme as that of pure E. A1 Electric Mini How aggressive recharge itself during deceleration can be adjusted using steering wheel-mounted paddles, with the selected option is indicated in the appropriate futuristic dashboard LCD.
Audi does not speak of production, but the fleet of 20 test vehicles made in Munich and its surroundings, together with a support network dedicated filling stations is a good indicator that the company is serious about the project . Q5 with a conventional hybrid and e-tron-esque two upcoming R8, Audi has clearly stated that will explore several tracks for electrification and this car certainly expands the public more of a super power.


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