|May 3, 2010
Ceremonial Act in Berlin: Audi a Member of the “National Electric Mobility Platform”
Source: Audi AG
• Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel at the foundation ceremony in Berlin
• Audi Board Chairman Rupert Stadler takes part in top-level talk
• Exhibition with electric show car Audi e-tron before the Brandenburg
• Michael Dick heads the working group on “Standardization and
Ingolstadt - Berlin, – Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel has given the
starting signal for the “National Electric Mobility Platform” (NEMP), in which
AUDI AG is also actively participating. With this initiative the Federal Government
has set itself the goal of developing Germany into a leading market for electric
mobility. The founding event on Monday in Berlin also included top-level
discussions between the Federal Government and representatives from industry,
science and professional associations. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of
Management of AUDI AG, also took part. In an exhibition at the “18th of March
Square” before the Brandenburg Gate Audi displayed its electric show car, the
Audi e-tron. Michael Dick, member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG,
Technical Development, has assumed the chairmanship of the working group on
“Standardization and Certification” within the NEMP.
Audi is working hard on the future of mobility. At the turn of the year 2010-2011
the Q5 hybrid will be the first Audi to come on the market with a combined gasoline
and electric motor. Audi first displayed the A8 hybrid, whose 144 g CO2
(231.75 g/mile) is an all-time best in the full-size category, as a concept vehicle in
Geneva. The A1 e-tron concept celebrated its world premiere at the Geneva Motor
Show, demonstrating Audi’s expertise in electrification even in the compact car
At the end of 2012 Audi will be putting the e-tron, presented in the preceding year
at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, on the market as the first electric vehicle,
available as a small series.
“In the future our customers will be able to choose from an increasing variety of
drive technologies,” states Rupert Stadler. “As a supplement to our ultra-efficient
TDI and TFSI engines, we'll also be offering the best possible solution for the
greatest variety of mobility requirements in electric mobility as well. They include
the hybrid drive and therefore fully electrified driving.” The name “e-tron” plays an
important role here. Stadler: “Just as the name “quattro" has become synonymous
for all-wheel drive, 'e-tron' will become Audi's brand name for electric mobility.”
In developing alternative drive systems, Audi is pursuing the strategy of employing
each technology specifically in the model series and markets where it will
significantly benefit customers. “We regard today's full hybrid as primarily a very
specific technology for reducing fuel consumption. As a result, plug-in hybrids will
prove their strength where longer distances of purely electrical driving in
combination with a combustion engine are required,” says Michael Dick.
“The strengths of the electric car clearly lie in urban mobility, where emission-free
driving is becoming increasingly important,” says Dick. Besides hybrids and electric
vehicles, Audi is also expanding its expertise in developing the foundations for drive
concepts with fuel cells and hydrogen as the energy source.
Each year Audi invests about two million euros and development projects, with the
focus on further progress in combustion engines in the total vehicle group. Another
priority is electric mobility.
e-performance project house
To consolidate activities in developing electric driving, Audi has established the eperformance
project house. In addition, since fall 2009 a team of developers from
AUDI AG and scientists from various universities have been working in a research
project, also called e-performance and subsidized by BMBF, on the development of a
new overall electric vehicle concept, from body to battery and performance
Detroit Show Car Audi e-tron (exhibition car in Berlin)
At the first big automotive trade fair of 2010 Audi presented its concept of an
uncompromising, purist compact sports car with a strictly electrical drive. The
Detroit show car Audi e-tron, as the 3.93 m (12.89 ft) long, 1.78 m (5.84 ft) wide
and barely 1.22 m (4.00 ft) high two-seater is called, was consequently the second
electric concept vehicle from the four rings brand, presented just a few months after
the debut of the Audi e-tron at the 2009 IAA.
Together with its low gross vehicle weight of only about 1,350 kg (2976.24 lb),
high-torque units at the rear axle provide driving performance befitting the class of
the Detroit show car Audi e-tron. Two electric motors with altogether 150 kW
(204 hp) and 2,650 Nm (1954.54 lb-ft) accelerate the coupé with its ASF design
aluminum body in just 5.9 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph). Audi e-tron
sprints from 60 to 120 km/h (37.28 to 74.56 mph) in just 5.1 seconds.
Audi e-tron (2009 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show)
At the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2009 Audi presented the first member of the
e-tron family: a high-performance sports car with a strictly electrical drive. Four
motors – two each on the front and rear axles – drive the wheels, turning the
concept into a genuine quattro. With 230 kW (313 hp) and 4,500 Nm (3319.03 lbft)
torque, the two-seater accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds while
making the interim sprint from 60 to 120 km/h (37.28 to 74.56 mph) in 4.1
seconds. The lithium ion rechargeable battery provides 42.4 kWh of real usable
energy, allowing a range of about 248 km (154.10 miles).
Audi A1 e-tron (Geneva)
Audi is gradually expanding its model family under the e-tron name: The A1 e-tron
concept exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show is an innovative Mega City Vehicle
(MCV). Like its close relative, the related sports car, it has an electric drive. Its range
in urban driving exceeds 50 km (31.07 miles). Thanks to its top performance of 75
kW (102 hp), the A1 e-tron also affords great driving pleasure. Should the battery
energy become depleted, an especially compact unit consisting of single-disk rotary
piston engine and generator as a range extender recharges the battery with a
charging power of up to 15 kW.
The A1 e-tron thereby achieves an additional range of 200 km (124.27 miles).
According to the draft for the standardization of consumption for range extender
vehicles, this yields an average fuel consumption of 1.9 l/100 km (123.80 US mpg) –
a CO2 equivalent of merely 45 g per kilometer (72.42 g/mile).
Audi A8 hybrid
Audi presented the A8 hybrid as a technical concept at the Geneva Motor Show. Its
two motors – a 2.0 TFSI and an e-machine – together generate
180 kW (245 hp) and 480 Nm (354.03 lb-ft) of torque, affording the superior
driving performance of a large 6-cylinder engine. And the consistent downsizing
combined with the benefits of electrification also manifests its strengths in fuel
consumption – at only 6.2 liters per 100 km (37.94 US mpg) on the average. This
corresponds to a CO2 value of 144 g/km (231.75 g/mile).
The Audi A8 hybrid is designed as a parallel hybrid– an ultra efficient principle that
avoids unnecessary friction and power loss. A powerful electric motor is integrated
between the four-cylinder gasoline engine with 155 kW (211 hp) and the 8-stage
tiptronic. It contributes an additional 33 kW (45 hp) of power and a full 211 Nm
(155.63 lb-ft) of torque.
The A8 concept is a full hybrid, distinguished by the ability to operate with the
gasoline engine or electric motor alone, or with the combined power of both drive
systems. The hybrid drive allows strictly electrical operation up to 65 km/h
(40.39 mph), with a range of more than two kilometers.
Audi is an associated partner of “Desertec”
AUDI AG wants to invest in renewable energy sources. The company underlined this
point last week in signing an agreement with the international consortium “Desertec
Industry Initiative”. A long-term goal of the initiative is the climate-protective
recovery of energy in the deserts of North Africa and the Near East. As an associated
partner, Audi is committed first of all to establishing the general framework and
“When we at Audi speak of sustainable mobility, then we're looking at the overall
energy balance sheet,” says Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management
of AUDI AG. Audi is planning to put the first electric cars on the market as a small
series as early as 2012. According to Stadler, Audi won't be stopping at car
production, but also plans to ensure sustainable operation for its customers.
“Electric cars from Audi will be driving with sustainably generated power. To achieve
this goal, we're subsidizing the construction of solar and wind energy facilities.”