After the successful trial of A1 e-tron on the roads of Munich, Germany, Audi is now moving to the next stage of experimenting with their vehicles. Audi has announced a Dual-Mode Hybrid A1 e-tron concept car that has a conventional engine and two electric motors.
The latest version of the concept adopts conventional 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine. The engine is connected to a 68-horsepower electric motor which has a maximum torque of 200 Nm and this motor is not used for driving the wheels.
It acts as a starter and alternator-generator. The second 116 horsepower electric motor is used for driving the wheels.
It gives out a maximum torque of 250 Nm.
A special single-speed transmission allows the combustion engine to be disconnected by means of a claw clutch.
The total system output is 177 horsepower.
Audi claims that the concept can accelerate from 0-62mph in 9 seconds. It can drive exclusively by electric motor 2 in a range of 55 miles, thanks to its 17.4 kWh lithium-ion battery.
The electric mode is possible up to 130 km/h (80.78 mph). But beyond this, the gasoline engine will take over with occasional help from the electric motor. Audi boasts a fuel consumption of 234 miles per gallon.
Audi has successfully tested its regular A1 e-tron around 30,000 miles.