After a handful of teasers, Audi has officially unveiled the Urban concept.
Designed for city dwellers, the EV has a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) body, a canopy roof and 21-inch wheels. The single-frame grille carries over, but it tilts forward to reveal a charging socket.
The aircraft-inspired cabin is minimalistic, but features a floating dashboard, aluminum pedals and a hexagonal steering wheel. Occupants sit side by side, but the passenger seat is moved back 30cm (11.81 in) to "provide sufficient shoulder and elbow room."
A 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery powers two electric motors that develop a combined output of 20 PS (15 kW / 20 hp) and 47 Nm (35 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the 480 kilogram (1,058 lb) concept to accelerate from 0-60 km/h (0-37 mph) in "around six seconds" and hit a limited top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph) in 16.9 seconds.
With a fully-charged battery, Audi estimates the Urban can travel up to 73 km (45 miles). This isn't very far, but the recharging times are just 20 minutes (with a 400V three-phase rapid charger) and one hour with a 230V household outlet. Additionally, the concept is equipped with wireless charging technology which allows the battery to be topped off simply by parking on top of a charger.
Check out the press release for additional information