The next generation of the Audi A1 e-tron is more powerful. The electric motor drives the front wheels via a single-speed gearbox and produces 85 kW of peak power and maximum torque of 300 Nm (221.27 lb-ft). The sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) only takes 9.8 seconds; its acceleration ends at a governed top speed of 130 km/h (80.78 mph). The developers have further improved the electronic stabilization control (ESC) and the selection of the five recuperation levels.

The T-shaped lithium-ion battery in the Audi A1 e-tron stores 13.3 kWh of energy for an electric range of roughly 50 km (31.07 miles). It can be fully recharged in around three hours on a 220 V household outlet. An extremely compact and lightweight single-disc rotary engine in the rear of the car extends the range to a total of 250 km (155.34 miles). The range extender, which has a chamber capacity of 354 cc and produces 25 kW (34 hp), drives a generator to recharge the battery. It is not mechanically linked to the front wheels.

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Audi is deploying 80 A1 e-tron models in the Electromobility Showcase. In the six individual projects in which Audi is taking part, the participants will probably drive around one million kilometers (621,371.19 miles). In each instance the brand operates with local partners.

Audi is launching the “Intelligent Charging” project with five cars at its Ingolstadt headquarters in June. The focus here is on a system for controlling the charging and communication infrastructure. 13 intelligent charging stations – five in the participants’ garages, four in Audi parking garages and two charging stations downtown operated by Audi’s project partner Stadtwerke Ingolstadt – communicate with the trial participants’ smartphones. Participants can look up and reserve the closest station or remotely check the battery’s charge.

Source: Audi