Audi planning a new range of eco-friendly vehicles

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

In the race to attain more eco-friendly vehicles, Audi has come up with a new range of models to show their eco-friendly focus with concepts codenamed E1 through E5 which encompasses everything from minis to performance variants.

Not like the current e cars, which were patterned after regular production vehicles, the latest E lineup will include unique standalone units. The first E range car to be given a go signal is a new mini called the E1.

It will be founded on Volkswagen Group's new NSF platform, the same design that will support the production version of the 2007 up! concept, but will have its own special body. Powertrain options would included both gasoline and turbodiesel and ultimately battery-propelled electric motors.

The success of the E1 will give rise to the E2 which will be Audi's version of the 2009 Vw BlueSport Concept from the Detroit Auto Show last week.It will be a mid-engined roadster intended to compete with Porsche Boxster and Lotus Elise.

Once more, compact gasoline and turbodiesel powerplants are possible options with an electric motor also possible. The E3, according to sources, will be a compact hatch resting on aluminum chassis that will filter to the next-gen Audi A3.

The latest E3 will succeed the A2 from the 90s and will have many components with the NSF-based cars in common. After the E3, will be a sporty hatch patterned after the 2006 Roadjet Concept vehicle designated as E4 which will be larger and more expensive and will come with options of more powerful powertrains including hybrids.

Lastly, the E5, the latest eco-friendly sports car, will arrive by 2014. Currently, not much is know of this model except that it is compact and lightweight and will feature a performance version with the E5S designation.

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