Audi to build Electric car

Published Date: 1st May 2009

Audi are to build an ultra-efficient city car they will name as E1. It will sit below the Polo-based A1, will go on sale in 2011 and be the first car from the company to wear the E tag.

Audi is readying itself for an assault on the eco-friendly car market by adding further E-badged models over the next 5 years.

Despite its diminutive size, the mesh styled grille, short overhangs and huge front badge make the three-door electric car instantly recognisable as an Audi. Futuristic front and rear LED light clusters will complete the E1s look.

On the inside the E1 will boast Audis new mobile device essentially a hand-held portable sat-nav, phone and MP3 player with touch-screen display.

Customers can expect a 2 1 layout with plenty of room up front and enough space at the back for luggage or one small passenger

The E1 will incorporate a lightweight lithium-polymer battery and electric motor driving the front wheels, which will make it ideal for city motoring , delivering 0-60mph in around 10 seconds. A full charge will provide enough energy to travel up to 100 miles helped by regenerative braking.

The new Audi E1 will carry a price tag of around £12000 and will be eligible for a Government grant worth up to £5000, which will be available to all buyers of electric cars and hybrids from 2011.

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