20 Audi A1 e-trons will be put on Munich streets to test real-world viability of range-extended electric car.

Audi has put a fleet of 20 A1 e-trons onto the streets of Munich for a pilot project to test the real-world viability of the extended-range electric A1.

The project is called the "Electric Mobility in Munich as a Pilot Region" and is sponsored by Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development. Audi's partners on the project are the utility company E.ON, Stadtwerke München (SWM) and the Technical University of Munich.

Over the last year, E.ON and SWM have built a charging network in the Munich area as part of the project and are responsible for maintaining and expanding the charging infrastructure which provides electricity generated from renewable energies. The project will yield useful information on what kind of a charging infrastructure is needed to support fleets of electric cars operating in urban areas and their surroundings. The objective is also to study the behavior and needs of electric cars and their drivers.

The A1 e-tron is an EV motivated by a 75 kW (102 PS / 101 hp) electric motor, with 45 kW / 61 PS of continuous power and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque (150 Nm / 111 lb-ft continuous). The car has an all-electric range of 50 kilometers (31 miles) powered solely by the lithium-ion batteries. A small internal combustion engine recharges the batteries when depleted and allows for an extended range of around 250 km (155 miles). Fuel-economy is rated at 1.9 liters/100 km (148 mpg imperial / 123.80 mpg) with CO2 emissions of 45 g/km (72 g/mile).

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