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.
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.Audi A1 improved for 2015
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