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  • 2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid

    Sometimes you just never know where you'll dredge up technical details on vehicles that carmakers haven't yet launched. Technology conferences can be a good source. Take, for instance, the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) held last week in Pasadena, California. A battery systems engineer from Audi laid out full details of the hybrid-electric drive system in the upcoming Audi Q5 Hybrid, a vehicle that has been described only at Audi technology seminars for invited audiences and hasn't officially been revealed to the public. LA no-show The only public sign of the 2012 Audi Q5...

  • Audi Auto Union Type C e-tron
    Audi Toys With New Electric Car, Pedals Future in Nuremburg

    After initially appearing skeptical about the electric car, Audi has been busy over the past few years with a selection of plugin hybrid and fully electric-powered concepts, showing them off at prestigious events such as the Le Mans 24 hour race. But unlike the R8 e-tron, R4 e-tron spyder and A1...

  • 2012 Audi A6 live photos. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    2011 Detroit Auto Show: 2012 Audi A6 Hybrid

    Audi loves clean diesels, but the German automaker certainly hasn't stacked its entire deck with them. In addition to the upcoming 2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid and the brand's e-Tron electric sports cars in the pipeline, it's now taking hybrids and electric cars seriously, too. And one of Audi's best...

  • Audi A1 e-tron Concept
    VW Vexed By 'Anarchic' Audi A1 E-Tron Electric? Nein, Says Audi

    We've loved the concept of the Audi A1 e-Tron concept since its launch at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show last March. It's a range-extended electric vehicle (like the 2011 Chevy Volt) that uses a tiny Wankel rotary engine to run a generator that produces electricity to power the car once its lithium-ion...

  • diesel and AdBlue fillers in Audi Q7 TDI
    Green Advice: You Filled A Diesel Car With Gasoline; Now What?

    Unless you're Argonne Laboratories, putting gasoline into a diesel fueled car is a bad problem. Maybe it was brain fade. Perhaps you rented or borrowed an unfamiliar car. Or you simply didn't realize that nice Volkswagen or Mercedes-Benz was a new, clean-diesel car. (It also happens to particularly...

  • Audi solar powered EV charging station
    Audi Using Solar Panels To Power Future e-tron Cars

    Audi is demonstrating the use of solar energy for future mobility by converting the roof of one of its factories in Ingolstadt, Germany to solar panels. Here, Audi e-tron models will in future have their batteries charged with current obtained directly from the photovoltaic equipment installed on...

  • Audi R8 e-tron concept to run 2010 Silvretta EV rally

    Electric vehicle development is quickly proving to be a worldwide effort, with companies and research institutes from across the globe and in varying industries and fields forming partnerships and alliances in order to accelerate the roll out of zero-emission electric vehicles. Audi is one of the leaders in this field, previously announcing the establishment of the new e-tron sub-branding for electrified vehicles and then the formation of a partnership with China’s Tongji University to help with the research, instruction and services dealing with electromobility. Now the automaker has...

  • 2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid
    First Video: 2012 Audi Q5 Hybrid Details

    Audi has aggressively pushed its clean diesel models in the U.S., including the Audi Q7 TDI luxury sport-utility vehicle. But even the company that wins Le Mans Series races with its turbodiesel race cars is hedging its bets with hybrids. Today Audi released the first video of its upcoming 2012...

  • 2011 Audi A4 TDI
    53-MPG Clean-Diesel Audi A4 TDI Coming To U.S...In Four Years

    German automakers have spent time and money on ad campaigns promoting clean diesels as the better way to improve fuel economy, so far with limited results. But that could change when Audi brings a TDI diesel version of its best-selling A4 model to the U.S. So far, its only TDI offerings are the Q7...

  • Audi A6L electric vehicle prototype
    Audi Partners With China’s Tongji University For EV Development

    Electric vehicle development is quickly proving to be a worldwide effort, with companies and research institutes from across the globe and in varying industries and fields forming partnerships and alliances in order to accelerate the roll out of zero-emission electric vehicles. The latest...

  • Audi A3 TDI clean diesel - European model
    Audi To Add Diesel Versions Of Every Model It Makes By 2015

    In Europe, roughly half of all passenger cars sold come with fuel-efficient diesel engines. But for a variety of reasons, passenger diesels haven't caught on in the States, though the number is climbing slowly. Audi, proud of its diesel engine technology--which, among other things, has won the...

  • DBM Energy Audi A2 Electric Car
    Audi A2 Goes 375 Miles On a Single Electric Charge

    Since the automobiles were invented there as been movements to make them electric. In fact, there was a time in the 1890s and the early 1900s where the electric car was a fierce competitor to the internal combustion powered car. There were even fleet applications of the electric car in New York...

  • DBM Energy Audi A2 Electric Car

    We all know that battery packs are the weakest link in electric vehicles. Not only are they heavy and expensive, but they take a long time to recharge and on average can only provide around 100 miles per charge. A German-based company has changed all that with a new vehicle capable of driving up to 375 miles at moderate highway speeds. That’s roughly the equivalent of driving from Santa Barbara, CA to the Hoover Dam, without a recharge. It doesn’t end there. The company responsible for the battery pack, DBM Energy, claims a battery pack efficiency of 97 percent and a recharge time...

  • Audi A3 TDI running on RenDiesel Synthetic Fuel
    Audi A3 TDI Completes 1,000 Mile Trek On Synthetic Diesel

    A few years ago the idea of cars running on fuel created by people in a lab rather than dug out of the ground after millions of years of mother nature’s work would have been considered almost science fiction by most. However, just this past week a pair of Audi A3 TDI hatchbacks have traveled...

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    Audi Q5 Hybrid Not Coming To 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show

    Audi is hopping onto the electrified vehicle bandwagon with plans for a new range of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and all-electric luxury vehicles and sports cars in the coming years. Following the lead of parent company Volkswagen, Audi is striving to become the leader for alternative-powered vehicles...

  • 2010 Audi e-tron Spyder Concept
    Audi Brings New Drop Top E-Tron Concept To Paris

    Convertibles seem to be all the rage in the news lately, from the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible to the new Audi E-Tron Spyder debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show earlier today. You have probably heard me talk about the Audi E-Tron Concepts before and there is a good reason; Audi has a tendency...

  • 2010 Audi e-tron Spyder Concept live photos
    Audi's Drapes Are Off: e-tron Spyder Is Plug-in Diesel Electric Hybrid

    Rumors are strange things. Sometimes we hear rumors which, days later, are confirmed. Then there are the rumors which carry some credence, but omit some vital fact or other. Take Audi’s latest concept, the e-tron Spyder. Unveiled today at the Paris Motor Show it bears uncanny resemblance to...

  • Audi A1 e-tron Concept
    Audi To Bring Back A2 Name With Electric Rotary Power?

    Back in March Audi debuted the A1 e-tron concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. You might remember that the e-tron name first appeared at the 2009 Frankfurt International Motor Show (more here) under the guise of a very powerful supercar with an electric drive system. Of course, the A1 e-tron that...

  • Audi A1 e-tron Concept

    With BMW slowly revealing further details of their upcoming Megacity EV and teasing us with the 2009 MINI E, and Mercedes-Benz giving us the A-Class E-Cell, it was only a matter of time before rival Audi hit the roads with their own small EV. Revealed at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in March, their A1 e-tron concept is the third of Audi's e-tron concepts to wow motor show crowds, the other cars being based on their R8 supercar and upcoming TT-sized R4. Munich Trial And now, Audi has plans for a fleet of the new A1 e-trons to hit the streets in Munich with 20 vehicles up and running by the...

  • Audi R8 e-tron at Le Mans
    Oh, Audi, How Could You? The French Like Electric Cars, But...

    Marketing missteps in naming cars quickly become legendary. There's the urban myth that the Chevrolet Nova failed in South America because in Spanish, no va means "won't go." (It's not true.) But now it turns out that Audi may have committed a blunder in naming its line of electric cars e-Tron...

  • Audi A1 e-tron Concept
    Report: Audi Working On e-tron Minicar

    Mercedes-Benz has the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, BMW has the upcoming Megacity Vehicle, and even Volkswagen is working on a production version of its E-Up concept car, but what about Audi? We know the automaker is establishing its new e-tron division to promote and develop a new generation of...

  • 2010 Renault DeZir Concept
    Sexy Red Electric Concept Displays French Dream For Sports EVs

     Concept cars are often no more than an automaker's chance to dream about a future of fully autonomous vehicles, sweeping curves and Jetsons-style glass panels, but once in a while a concept is unveiled which has what it takes to make it to production. And these days, no concept would be complete...

  • Audi R8 e-tron at Le Mans
    Audi Shows Off R8 e-tron At 24 Hours Of Le Mans

    When most people think of electric vehicles, they think of low cost and environmentally friendly vehicles that are about as much fun to drive as the Flintstones’ car. Automakers like Audi and Mercedes-Benz, however, are hoping to alleviate that stigma by targeting the top end of town and...

  • Audi Travolution traffic system
    Audi Continues Development Of Fuel-Saving Travolution Traffic System

    Most automakers are focusing their efforts solely on reducing tailpipe emissions of their vehicle lineups through conventional methods such as more efficient engines, advanced catalysts and lighter cars. Attacking vehicle emissions from a different angle, Audi is developing a new traffic management...

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