Audi Brings Four Green Cars, Including The A8 Hybrid, To Geneva

Audi, as have many others on the first Monday before the Geneva Auto Show opens, took time out to highlight new real and concept cars it would be showcasing. This particular auto manufacturer, according to Green Car Advisor, made mention of four green cars it would be focusing upon: Q5 Hybrid, A8 Hybrid, A1 e-tron and the previously covered e-tron.

According to Audi, plans are in the works to bring a hybrid version of its Q5 to market by late 2010/early 2011. This particular vehicle will mark the first time it has released a combination of gasoline engine and electric motor in a car. The A8 Hybrid, a concept car, will have CO2 emissions of just 144 g/km (231.75 g/mile). It will also have two power units – the 2.0 TFSI engine and the electric motor – that have a combined output of 180 kW (245 hp) and a torque of 480 Nm (354.03 lb-ft). This reportedly will give this car “the same outstanding performance as a large-capacity conventional six-cylinder engine,” with average fuel consumption of only 6.2 l/100 km (37.94 US mpg) and a pure electric drive mode that can reach 65 km/h (40.39 mph) and cover a distance of more than two kilometers (1.2 miles).

Audi A8

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As for the two e-trons, Audi said it plans to launch the e-tron electric car that was seen last year at the end of 2012 as a production model. A small series will be built, and will be the first electric car to reach the market. The A1 e-tron, meanwhile, is currently being classified as a “design study.” it is electrically propelled, according to Audi, and has a range of more than 50 kilometers (31 miles) in city traffic. A special range extender “consisting of a single-rotor Wankel engine and an electrical generator” will reportedly be able to add an additional range of 200 kilometers (124 miles).

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