Electric Audi A2 conceptSeptember 2, 2011
The electric Audi A2 concept will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show .
The last Audi A2 was a lightweight, efficient, premium compact car, but it was ahead of its time and not a huge success for Audi, especially financially – in part due to its expensive aluminum structure.
Audi is making the next A2, which has visual similarities with the Audi A1 , a spiritual successor to the sustainable original by offering it only with an electric powertrain.
Audi says that the four-seat concept has a powerful electric drive system for strong performance, and a long range, although no figures have been revealed as yet.
The A2 concept has a flat interior floorboard. The centre console is attached to the driver’s seat; the rear console extends forward between the two rear seats.
There is storage space under the fold-up seat cushions, and room between the rear seats for a city bicycle with its front wheel removed. The load area has two levels; a frame with functional nets creates the upper level.
Audi seems most excited about the A2’s lights. The company says that its headlights are presenting the next phase in LED technology, known as matrix beam. A package of LEDs and microreflectors generate a high-resolution and non-glaring high-beam light.
Daytime running light fibres frame the efficient LED low-beam light module. Intelligent tail lights adapt their illumination to the visibility conditions. The rear fog light, produced by laser diodes, is seen as a beam of light in fog and projects a red triangle onto the road as a warning.
A dynamic light runs below the edge of the window from the front to the rear of the A2 concept. This is a band of light that contains a multitude of dynamic light functions. Integrated approach sensors detect the driver and unlock the doors via gesture control. While driving, the dynamic light functions as a continuous side marker light. If the car’s turn indicator is activated, light impulses run throughout the entire band of light.
In addition, a red bar of light flows forward from the tail lights when braking and demonstrates the strength of the brakes for other road users.
Presumably more details, other than about lighting, will be revealed in due course.