It looks like the overall economic troubles in Europe may be claiming more victims from's electric vehicle plans. In addition to the R-8 e-tron sports car and a battery powered A3, Audi had been planning two smaller plug-ins primarily for urban use.
The A2 was being aimed directly at BMW's upcoming i3. However, the Munich brand has recently been wondering if it will be able to meets its sales targets for the carbon-fiber chassis premium commuter although for now at least BMW remains committed to the i3. Audi however has decided that there isn't enough of a market for a €40k commuter car.
The more unfortunate victim to me was the proposed A1 e-tron. Like theVolt, the A1 is extended range EV with a battery that gives 30 miles of electric range. Unlike the 1.4-liter four cylinder engine in the Volt, Audi opted for a much more compact Wankel rotary engine to drive a generator after the battery runs down. Weak European demand for the Leaf and iMiEV has prompted a re-think of small EVs in general.
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Audi pulls plug on €40k A2 electric car. By Ollie Kew. Motor Industry. 02 June 2012 07:00. CAR can reveal that Audi has cancelled its electric A2 city car project, citing concerns over the model's…
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