Published on April 14th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Audi Helps the Public in Understanding EVs As A Mobility Solution

Audi has gained a wealth of experience from the 1.4 million kilometres covered as part of the Electric Mobility Showcase. The brand provided 80 Audi A1 e-tron prototypes and 40 production models of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron for the four-year support program conducted by the German government and the automotive industry. Trial participants have come to appreciate electric driving as a new and very attractive form of mobility.

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Ahead of the closing conference commencing this Thursday in Leipzig, Audi reveals positive results for both of its models. With the Audi A1 e-tron, a prototype electric car with range extender, users quickly learned to trust in the technology, with the result that they were able to make extensive use of the car’s all-electric range. By the end of the trial, 87 percent of the distances travelled by the participants were being covered using electric power alone.

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In the second phase of the Electric Mobility Showcase program, the trial participants in the 40 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron cars used all-electric mode for 70 percent of the distances travelled. Though the compact models with their plug-in hybrid technology are also well suited to long journeys, the test drivers usually covered less than 50 kilometres a day.

As a result, they stayed within the vehicles’ electric range. In fact, around half of all routine trial trips made by the users were shorter than 10 kilometres. One participant, who had a particularly fuel-efficient driving style, refuelled only once during a five-month period, despite covering 7,700 kilometres in his Audi trial car.

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All in all, Audi concludes that the participants’ experience with clean, quiet and progressive electric mobility was a very positive one. However, the degree of satisfaction depended greatly on how conveniently they had been able to charge their vehicles.

Most users want to see a widespread infrastructure and generally greater promotion of electric mobility by the political bodies. The brand with the four rings is pushing for the charging infrastructure to be expanded – into customers’ garages as well as workplace car parks. Audi is also working with partners to develop a Europe-wide network of public rapid-charging stations which use direct current.

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At the same time, Audi is also expanding its range of e-tron models which can be charged from the socket.

“By 2018, we will have five plug-in hybrid models in the range and will have launched an all-electric SUV with a range of more than 500 kilometres,” says Dr. Stefan Knirsch, Board Member for Technical Development.

The Electric Mobility Showcase program is a joint initiative of the German government and the automotive industry. Four ministries have lent their support to 90 individual measures in four regions of Germany.

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Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron:
Combined fuel consumption (in l/100 km): 1.7 – 1.5;
Combined electrical consumption (in kWh/100 km): 12.4 – 11.4;
Combined CO2 emissions (in g/km): 39 – 35

Audi Q7 3.0 TDI e-tron quattro:
Combined fuel consumption (in l/100 km): 1.9 – 1.8;
Combined electrical consumption (in kWh/100 km): 19.0 – 18.1;
Combined CO2 emissions (in g/km): 50 – 48

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