Audi has revealed an updated version of its A1 e-tron, promising an “evolved drive” with more power and torque.
The launch coincides with the German government’s Electromobility Showcase initiative, in which Audi will offer 80 of the new A1 e-trons across three German states. Together, the 80 A1 e-trons will cover a total of one million kilometres.
In addition, Audi will test a new “intelligent charging” system, which enables drivers to locate and then “reserve” a charging station and keep up-to-date with the car’s charging status using a smartphone.
This follows-on from Audi’s 2012 A1 e-tron trial, in which 50,000km was covered by a trial fleet in Munich. On that occasion, Audi described the charging and driving behaviours of the A1 e-tron to be very positive. (As it would... - Ed)
The updated model now develops 85kW of power and 300Nm of torque; an increase of 10kW over the previous model with a very healthy torque boost of 60Nm.
Acceleration has improved to 9.8 seconds for the 0-100km/h time, and the A1 e-tron has a limited top-speed of 130km/h.
The A1 e-tron can travel up to 50km using battery energy alone. At this point, the range extending rotary engine kicks in, increasing the range to 250km.
A full charge for the 13.3 kWh lithium-ion battery can be achieved from a standard household outlet in three hours.
No doubt Audi will be watching the results from trial cars very keenly, as will TMR.