As part of a fleet trial, 20 units of the Audi A1 e-tron are now being driven on the roads of the Munich pilot region. A few weeks ago, trial participants started to get the keys to their electric cars. For this project, Audi has partnered with E.ON, the public utility Stadtwerke München and Technische Universität München (TUM). E.ON and SWM are responsible for expanding and maintaining the charging infrastructure in the Munich metropolitan area.
The Audi A1 e-tron features a range extender. The A1 e-tron can deliver 75 kW (102 hp), enabling to reach a top speed of 130 km/h (80.78 mph).
When the battery runs out of energy, the range extender (a compact combustion engine) recharges the battery as required to improve the vehicle’s operating range to as high as 250 km (155 miles). This means that this compact electric car has no emissions for the first 50 kilometers (31 miles) of a trip, such as when traversing through urban roads.
The battery includes a package of lithium-ion modules in the floor assembly in front of the rear axle. In other words, the four-seat A1 e-tron was developed for everyday driving in cities. It uses up just 1.9 l/100 km (123.80 US mpg) and has CO2 emissions of just 45 g/km (72.42 g/mile).
Those who have joined the e-car bandwagon will surely be impressed with Audi’s A1 E-tron extended range model. The test vehicle boasts of up to 102PS output with a top speed of up to 81 mph. And would you believe that the first thirty-one miles around the city even guarantees zero emissions? That’s truly impressive.
E-tron’s range extending unit recharges the battery whenever it is essential. Thus, it makes Audi’s compact car go beyond 155 miles even when the power is already low. The battery modules consist of lithium-ion and are placed at the floor pan next to the rear axle.
Audi has designed the A1 E-Tron for city driving. In other words, Audi’s new four-seater vehicle is definitely the best car to bring whether to the office or to the grocery store. The same car provides low CO2 emissions of only 45g/km and lower fuel consumption of at least 148.7mpg.
As far as electric mobility is concerned, Ruth Werhahn, (E.ON AG’s Electric Mobility Head) explains how the newly commenced trial project will improve their level of expertise.
In line with this, they have done at least ten preliminary tests in 6 European countries. This has allowed them to set up different charging points within some establishment’s parking lots as well as within the surrounding key areas. To enable the charging docks, the driver only needs to slip the parking ticket inside the slot. The charging fees will then be added to the parking fee upon leaving.
E.ON has been around the industry for quite some time. The company has already come up with outstanding charging solutions under different situations. They have in fact developed Germany’s “green power” package and charging boxes for individual home use. Nevertheless, E.ON’s high standard for quality ensures that the charging units are safe and reliable.
At this point, many public charging stations are already supplied by E.ON. This type of charging stations can accommodate two e-cars all at once. The commercial charging slots uses e-cards (the one with electro-magnetic strips) to activate the charging units.
Actually, the same e-fuelling stations have been used in Munich’s trial project. And as far as we can tell, E.ON is currently working to improve their offers. The brand is set to come up with cable-free charging and Direct Current fast charging very soon.