Audi continues to move forward with their EV e-tron technology as they've begun testing the cars and the required infrastructure to power them.
We've known for a while that Audi has big plans for their upcoming lineup of EVs. Beginning with the supercar R8 e-tron to various other models, the German automaker is now beginning a pilot program in its native country with the new A1 e-tron. The company has just announced they've launched 20 A1 e-trons on the streets of Munich. Along with Audi, E.ON, the public utility company Stadtwerke Munchen, and Technische Universitat Munichen have all joined the project for this trial fleet.
E.ON and SWM have taken charge of expanding and maintaining the charging infrastructure within the city. Participants in the project have already begun receiving the keys to their cars and the project is now underway. According to Franciscus van Meel, Head of Electric Mobility Strategy at Audi AG, "We want to use this test fleet trial to learn more about our customers' usage of electric cars, and their expectations in this regard. We are planning additional fleet endeavors in strategically important markets." So what can drivers expect from their A1 e-tron?
It has a total of 102hp produced by its electric motor and range extender engine. With a top speed of 80mph and a total operating range of 155 miles, drivers should only expect it to be used for daily driving in the city. While it's not exactly the best thing to take on the autobahn, the A1 e-tron does have an average fuel economy of 123.8 mpg.