Colorado Driveline Supplier Reports Additional Testing in Germany
Audi is stepping up its testing of the A1 e-tron plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in Germany, says driveline supplier UQM Technologies. The concept car, also described as a range-extended EV, has UQM’s UQM PowerPhase Select 125 system, which includes regenerative braking.
Audi has logged more 50,000 kilometers in its first phase of A1 e-tron testing, UQM says. The new testing will take place this year under Germany’s NPE, the National Platform of Electrification.
“The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is promoting this program to demonstrate and further develop the viability of electric vehicles,” UQM says. Audi will participate in Bavaria/Saxony, Berlin-Brandenburg and Baden-Württemberg, “addressing different focal topics in each area.”
30 Miles All-Electric
“The key attributes of our electric motors and controllers offer the same advantages in extended-range electric vehicles as they do in electric-only applications,” UQM president and CEO said Eric Ridenour said in a release.
“Our higher efficiency systems provide the potential for longer all-electric mode and an overall improved fuel economy in extended-range vehicles.”
The Audi A1 e-tron has a 380-volt lithium ion battery has a nominal energy content of 12 kilowatt hours, Audi says. Single charge all-electric range is stated at 50 kilometers – a bit better tan 30 miles. The car has a 354cc Wankel rotary engine as a range-extender with a 12-liter (3.2 U.S. gallon) fuel tank. “Other compact concepts are also possible,” Audi says.
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