Audi e-tron series

Audi have developed a series of EV and Hybrid Vehicles called the e-tron series. For each series they have chosen a different electric drive technology.  The first R8 e-tron which debuted in 2009 at the Frankfurt motor show is a high performance sports car with electric motors at all four wheels (pictured left).

Not yet available for release on the Irish market.

Audi e-tron Spyder

The e-tron Spyder was designed as a plug-in hybrid, this drive concept  takes optimum advantage of the strengths of both engines. Two electric motors, with 87 bhp combined, power the front suspension and a 3.0 TDI engine with 300 bhp and twin turbochargers moves the rear wheels, controlled by a 7-speed S tronic. The driver controls whether they want to use the energy from both sources of power together or separately.

The e-tron Spyder has the support provided by its electric motors to thank for its fantastic acceleration figures. It races from 0 to 100 in an unbelievable 4.4 seconds. With activated diesel engine, the open-topped two-seater achieves an electrically limited top speed of 250 km/h.

Audi A1                    

The Audi A1 e-tron is a mega city Vehicle with an innovative drive technology. It has a powerful electric motor for zero emission for driving in the city, while an internal combustion engine on board recharges the battery in exceptional circumstances.

The A1 e-tron can produce 75kw(102hp) peak from its electric motor.

The A1 e-tron is a 2 door four seater Mega City Vehicle (MCV) developed for city use in rapidly growing cities across Europe Asia and South America. The A1 e-tron always drives on electric power, its internal combustion engine is only used to recharge the battery in isolated cases.


Audi A2

Audi introduced their A2 concept at the 64th international Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. It features the electric-only power train. This is Audi’s purely electric vehicle. The Lithium-ion battery stores 31kw of energy,24kw of which are useble. The electric motor is transversely mounted in the front of the Vehicle. It can deliver 85kw(116hp) of peak power (60kw continuous) and 270Nm (199.14lb-ft) to the front wheels via a single-speed transmission. The Audi technology study has a range of 200 km (124.27 miles) in the European driving cycle. It takes roughly 1.5 hours to fully recharge the battery with 400 volt three-phase current and approximately four hours with 230 volt household current. The Audi A2 concept is also designed for the new contactless charging technology (Audi Wireless Charging). The show car weighs less than 1,150 kilograms (2,535.32 lb). It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 9.3 seconds; top speed is limited to 150 km/h (93.21 mph) in the interest of range.


Audi Future

As part of their development and commitment in the area of efficient and advanced motoring, Audi have developed an A5 e-tron quattro estimated to be out in 2014 at the earliest, along with a range of hybrid options into their A4, A6 and A8 range. These are being released in Europe and will slowly filter to Ireland as importers view demand.


A6 hybrid 4


A8 hybrid 4


Q5 hybrid 4




Irish release dates to be announced