10 November 2011
Audi A1 (2010 - 2018)

Audi A1 (2010 - 2018)

20 Audi A1 e-tron models now in Munich

10 November 2011 - Audi has just flicked the switch on twenty examples of the electric A1 e-tron, bringing the 148 mpg premium subcompacts to life on the streets of Munich as part of an extensive pilot trial and data capture exercise. The fleet trial project has been initiated by Audi, the power company E.ON, the public utility Stadtwerke München (SWM) and Technische Universität München (TUM), and will help these organisations to consolidate their thinking on the integration of electric power into day-to-day motoring, and to identify how the existing transport and communications infrastructure might need to adapt to support this.

E.ON and SWM are responsible for expanding and maintaining the charging infrastructure in the Munich metropolitan area, and have already installed a demand-oriented charging network there - SWM within the Bavarian capital's city limits and E.ON primarily in outlying areas. All the electric 'fuelling stations' offer power generated via renewable energies.

Audi A1 (2010 - 2018)

This trial is part of a project referred to as "Electric Mobility in Munich as a Pilot Region ", sponsored by Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development. The Ministry is providing the region with some ten million euros for electric mobility. This project will address a number of issues, ranging from the power grid itself to data transfer between drivers, vehicles, and electric fuelling stations. For example, the use of a smartphone as a driver's main interface will be examined.

The Audi A1 e-tron is a range-extender electric car with an output of 102 PS and a top speed of 81 mph. If the battery runs low on charge, a compact combustion engine (the "range extender") recharges it as needed to boost the vehicle's operating range to as much as 155 miles. This compact electric car is a zero-emissions vehicle for the first 31 miles of a trip. The battery comprises a package of lithium-ion modules mounted in the floor assembly in front of the rear axle. In short, the four-seat A1 e-tron was designed for daily driving in metropolitan areas. It offers 'fuel economy' of up to 148.7 mpg, for a CO2 equivalent of just 45 g/km.

E.ON has already developed commercially viable charging solutions for various scenarios. For example, it offers a package to private individuals in Germany that comprises renewable 'green power' and a charging box for use with electric vehicles at home. This is available subject to a safety inspection by E.ON of each customer's electrical equipment to ensure that it can withstand the heavy loads associated with recharging an electric vehicle for hours.