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 |  Mar 02 2010, 9:34 AM

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Along with the launch of the new Audi A1 at the Geneva Auto Show, the automaker unveiled an E-Tron electric vehicle concept.

The A1 E-Tron is powered by a 102 hp electric motor with a range of 31.07 miles. A compact Wankel rotary engine kicks in when needed to recharge the lithium-ion battery, potentially extending the range to 124.27 miles.

According to Audi’s calculations, the fuel A1 E-Tron’s range extender gasoline engine has a fuel consumption of 123.8 mpg and produces 72.42 g/mile of CO2 gas.

Gallery: Audi A1 E-Tron Concept

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 |  Mar 02 2010, 2:18 AM

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As expected, Audi is unveiling a new A1 model to its e-Tron family of electric vehicles at the Geneva Auto Show.

The A1 e-Tron is powered by an electric motor with an internal combustion engine that is used only to recharge the motor’s battery. The motor has a continuous output of 61 hp but can peak at 102 hp in short bursts. The motor also provides 110.63 ft-lb. of continuous torque with a peak output of 177.01 ft-lb.

The T-shaped battery pack weighs less than 330.69 lb. and is rated at 380 volts. The battery provides enough power to travel 31.07 miles on a single charge, though that range can be extended by using the rotary engine.

We’ll have more including live photos when Audi officially reveals the A1 e-Tron.

Gallery: Audi A1 e-Tron

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 |  Feb 28 2010, 1:06 PM

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With Audi having already provided all the details and pictures on its new A1 model that’s set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show this week, the German automaker seems to have a little surprise up its sleeve. And we do mean little.

Having shown the E-tron concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show and a very different version at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, rumors suggest Audi will display an A1-based E-Tron – something that certainly makes a lot of sense. After all, a small, premium electric city car isn’t much of a stretch for the European market.

There’s not word on power or recharge information, but we expect Audi to provide those details at the vehicle’s debut on Tuesday, March 2nd. It will most certainly be a concept, but look for an actual production model in the next few years.

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[Source: LeBuzzAuto]