Audi A1 e-tron

19 Sep, 2012 10:37am Luke Madden

New Audi A1 e-tron plug-in hybrid concept can manage 282mpg and emissions of just 23g/km

Audi has showcased its 282mpg vision of future hybrid technology in a development of the Audi A1 e-tron plug-in.

The original A1 e-tron was powered by a 101bhp electric motor and had a small rotary engine mounted underneath the boot floor that could kick in once the batteries had run out of charge after about 31 miles.

This latest e-tron has what Audi calls a Dual-Mode Hybrid system. There’s a 128bhp three-cylinder 1.5-litre turbo engine, two electric motors and a single speed transmission.

One of the motors functions mainly as a starter and generator but the other – which produces 114bhp – can drive the front wheels. Due to the complicated way the system works there’s a total output of 175bhp, allowing for 0-62mph in less than nine seconds.

An electric-only range of around 50 miles allows means fuel consumption stands at 282mpg and CO2 emissions are just 23g/km.

As it stands the Dual-Mode Hybrid concept is in the early stages of development but it shows exactly what Audi’s future model line-up will be capable of.

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Yet more pointless MPG figures for a hybrid. It won't do 282mpg - please do NOT use these useless numbers as they don't mean anything. If you want a "comparison" value for other hybrids then use a figure without units (so 282 vs. somebody else's xxx). When comparing with non-hybrid cars you can't use MPG in this way! Same goes for emissions, please include the typical pollution from generating the electricity.

Electric cars typically emit around 75-100 g/km of co2, don't forget those emissions are not directly under your nose

Traffic pollution killing several thousand more a year than electricity generation, diesel fumes being particularly bad for you