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 |  Sep 10 2011, 4:05 PM


Audi‘s answer to BMW‘s i3 EV will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but they just couldn’t wait until then to show off what we can expect to see. Despite these photos being mostly computer generated renderings they give a good idea of Audi’s direction with their A2 Concept, which currently is rumored to arrive around 2015. Chances are, Audi’s electric subcompact will focus more on luxury and fuel economy than BMW’s i3, and its styling definitely takes on Audi’s traditional cues.

Currently the A2 Concept is powered by an electric drivetrain featuring an 85kW engine with lithium ion batteries to shoot 199 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. It will be able to travel around 125-miles on a single charge and will take around four hours to charge back up. Rumor has it that it’ll have a top speed of 93-mph and a 0-60 time in 9 seconds. Not too shabby for a high-tech EV.

The grand debut will happen next week, so stay tuned for real, genuine photos of Audi’s A2 Concept at AutoGuide’s Frankfurt Auto Show page here.

GALLERY: Audi A2 Concept

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 |  Apr 11 2011, 12:16 PM

Audi is reportedly preparing to release its all-electric e-tron drivetrain in an A3-based platform, possibly within the next couple of years or so.

The entry-level hatch is to get 130 horsepower, and 199 lb-ft torque from its under-hood electric motor. Juice is supplied via mid- and rear-mounted li-ion battery packs adding up to 26.5 kWh total.

The front-wheel-drive car should be good for 0-60 MPH in 11 seconds, with a top speed of 90 MPH. While performance is only moderate, a 400-volt charger could replenish the batteries in a fairly quick four hours or less. Charging from a standard 110-volt outlet could take nine hours.

The Audi A3 e-tron is expected to have a low-consumption HVAC system, a new gauge cluster and heated windshield.

When exactly Audi intends to put it on the market is in question. Its top-of-the-range, R8-based e-tron is slated to go on sale in late 2012, and the Euro e-car market is heating up with BMW’s pending ActiveE competitors. The ActiveE 1 Series would be a likely match-up against the Audi A3 e-tron.

[Source: Autoblog]