Audi drops plans to produce the A2 electric car concept

Article by Christian A., on January 8, 2013

Audi has dropped plans to make a production version of its Audi A2 electric car concept car from 2011, insiders said. The new model is inspired by the original aluminium spaceframe A2 and is set to enter production in 2015 as both a conventional plug-in hybrid and as a pure EV. Autocar talked to sources who said that future Audi models will make use of lessons that were taken from the new A2 project.

However, plans for the aluminium-framed production model had been canceled. If it was approved for launching, the new A2 would have directly went up against the upcoming BMW i3. Just like the original Mercedes A-class, a ‘sandwich floor’ construction was used by the A2 concept. It would have been used for storing the lithium-ion battery pack. The front wheels are powered by a 114bhp electric motor.

In addition, Audi claimed that after recharging for four hours, the battery pack could offer a 125-mile range. Audi’s surprising move is part of a rising sentiment in the car industry that the market for pure electric vehicles is much smaller than predicted.

Recently, Vauxhall/Opel scrapped plans to build an EV version of the Adam. It should also be note that Nissan Leaf sales in the U.S. have not met forecasts. Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn had hoped to report sales of 20,000 Leafs in 2012, an increase from 9679 in 2011. Unfortunately, only 6791 Leafs had been sold by the end of October.

Audi is announcing how it sees electric mobility in the future by unveiling its new Audi A2 all-electric concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Audi’s newest technical study explores how electric car technologies could be integrated into a premium concept that is large enough to comfortably accommodate four occupants.

With dimensions of 3.80 meters (12.47 ft) in length, 1.69 meters (5.54 ft) in width and 1.49 meters (4.89 ft) in height, Audi’s A2 concept is gifted with elegant yet dynamic proportions. It is also provided with a clean appearance that focuses on the basics, making it simple yet very appealing.

One of the interesting technological features of the white-finished Audi A2 concept is its dark glass roof, which at a simple press of a button becomes transparent. In addition, the new A2 features new headlights featuring the latest advancements in LED technology -- matrix beam. This technology employs a combination of LED units and micro-reflectors to deliver a high-resolution and non-glaring high-beam light.

The LED low-beam light module of the new Audi A2 is framed by daytime running light fibers. In addition, the new A2 is specified with intelligent tail lights that could adjust their light levels according to the visibility conditions. Moreover, the new A2 features a rear fog light -- generated by laser diodes – which has a beam projected as a red triangle onto the road.

Meanwhile, the new Audi A2 is also provided with dynamic light band flowing below the edge of the window, serving a number of functions. These dynamic light functions serve as a continuous side marker light during night driving. Once the indicator of the new Audi A2 is activated, light impulses flow throughout the band of light. Owners could unlock the door through gesture control, thanks to integrated approach sensors.

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