Audi gradually enters the hybrid race
The German brand, which has been timid in its approach to hybrid vehicles, presented two versions of “clean” vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show: the A8 and the A1 e-tron.
Able to drive in all-electric mode for 2 km and at up to 65 kph, the A8 Hybrid claims mixed consumption of 6.2 L/100 km (45.5 mpg) and emissions of 144 g/km. Its electrical energy is provided by a lithium-ion battery at the rear, recharged by a system that recovers braking energy. This 33 kW electric motor is coupled with a four-cylinder direct injection 2.0 TFSI of 211 hp. The A8 Hybrid is planned for 2011. The A1 e-tron offering the same driving dynamic as its petrol version, has for its electric version, 50 km of autonomy in the urban cycle and 102 hp of power. Relative autonomy compensated for by a 15kW Wankel rotary engine able to reach 200 km in electric mode. The A1 e-tron should be on sale in small quantities from 2012.
The Audi A8 Hybrid is exhibited with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres.
The Audi A1 e-tron comes with Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres.
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