Audi Urban Concept unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

Published by Andrew Christian @andrew4wheels Google+ | Tuesday September 13, 2011

Audi Urban Concept unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

Audi thinks we’ve had enough teasers and has decided to finally unveil the Urban Concept in all its glory. The EV, which is designed for city dwellers, features a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) body, a canopy roof and a set of 21-inch wheels. It has a single-frame grille that tilts forward to show a charging socket. Its cabin is based on an aircraft and has minimalistic features, like a floating dashboard, aluminum pedals and a hexagonal steering wheel.

The occupants are seated side by side but its passenger seat is shifted backwards by 30cm (11.81 in) so that there’s “sufficient shoulder and elbow room."

Two electric motors are powered by a 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery that generates a combined output of 20 PS (15 kW / 20 hp) and 47 Nm (35 lb-ft) of torque. As a result, the concept (with a weight of 480 kilograms or 1,058 lbs) can accelerate from zero to 60 km/h (0-37 mph) in "around six seconds" and it can reach a limited top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 16.9 seconds.

On a single charge, the Urban can be driven up to 73 km (45 miles). Its range isn’t very impressive but since recharging only takes 20 minutes (with a 400V three-phase rapid charger) and just one hour with a 230V household outlet, it’s not a very vital issue. In addition, the concept uses wireless charging technology, allowing the battery to recharge by having the charger under it while parked.