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Audi A2 Goes Electric

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On: Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 2:17PM | By: Chris Weiss

Audi A2 Goes Electric

Volkswagen is really getting its green on in Frankfurt this year. We've already seen the Audi Urban Concept and VW Nils, and here's another all-electric concept: the A2 electric. Unlike the previous concepts, this one is a preview of a definite production model.

The A2 is a five-door hatchback with four seats. It shares some of its underpinnings with the A1 hatchback, which debuted at last year's Geneva Motor Show. Unlike the A1, the A2 will get an electric powertrain, though Audi has yet to release the full details. According to Car magazine, Ingolstadt plans to offer it in all-electric and range-extending hybrid varieties. In concept form, the A2 packs an 85 kW motor and lithium-ion battery that is good for about 125 miles of range.

The A2 also highlights Audi's new matrix beam lights. In the front, the headlamps employ micro-reflectors to generate a high-intensity, non-glare high beam. The taillights adjust their output to the visibility conditions. For instance, the rear fog light projects a red, laser-based triangle onto the road behind you in order to warn other drivers of your presence.

In addition to its fancy lights and clean powertrain, the A2 packs other cool tech, like a glass roof that switches from dark to clear with the press of a button and an Internet-equipped display that offers traditional instrument panel readings.

The A2 concept will debut at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show and Audi hopes to get the production version ready within about two years.

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