• Jun 23rd 2010 at 3:33PM
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According to a report out of Italy, Audi boss Rupert Stadler has said that the Audi A1 e-tron concept will not see production. Apparently the house of Audi believes that the conventional A1 will be sufficiently frugal and kind enough on the environment with its stop/start and brake energy recovery system. Additionally, there seems to be some issues with the A1's platform and its ability to house all the necessary EV components. If true, 'tis a shame – that cargo-floor-mounted Wankel engine paired with lithium-ion batteries was supposed to be good for 154 mpg, and the A1 e-tron is a package we would have enjoyed by being so green we made grass jealous.

[Source: Autoblog.it (translated)]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally a company that isn't making an electric car. EVs are short sighted to say the least. If we as a global community put all the resources and money that we are spending on EVs into hydrogen fuel cells and an infrastructure to support it, a lot of the problems we are faced with today could be fixed.

      Electricity still comes from a power plant and if my battery is getting low then I can't just fill it up in 5 minutes and keep driving.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They will never be "highly efficient reformation from ocean water".

        Basic conservation of energy dictates that it takes as much energy to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen, as you can get back when you combine hydrogen and oxygen into water. In other words, hydrogen from water is an energy CARRIER, not an energy SOURCE. The power required to drive your car originates from the electrical grid, not the ocean.

        As an energy carrier, hydrogen is far less efficient than lithium-ion batteries.
        - Current electrolyzer processes to produce the hydrogen are 85% efficient. But this is far from the weakest link in the chain.
        - Hydrogen's energy density is so low that it has to be compressed to 5,000 PSI in order to fit a reasonable amount of hydrogen into a vehicle's tank. Just the energy required to compress the hydrogen equals 20% of the energy that can be extracted from the hydrogen in a fuel cell.
        - Honda claims the fuel cell in the FCX Clarity is 60% efficient, tank-to-wheels.
        Combine these, and you'll see that you only get out 40% of the electricity that is originally put in!
        • 5 Years Ago
        You say short-sighted and then propose hydrogen?

        Hydrogen has a plethora of issues right now. It requires more energy to extract the energy from the hydrogen than you get out of it. It also locks us back into a distribution system (I for one am looking forward to getting electricity from anywhere, be it home or elsewhere).

        Maybe the future is a combination of the two...where you can "fill up" electrically at home or the office, but refill hydrogen on the road. Who knows?
        • 5 Years Ago

        You're aware that Hydrogen is MADE and stored with high amounts of electricity no?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hydrogen is a stupid technology right now. It takes quite a bit of energy to make, and the only path for it right now is reforming from non-renewable energy. Until highly efficient reformation can be made from ocean water, hydrogen is worse than any else out there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Three solar panels on the garage and you're saving $400 a year on gas. After three years, you're driving for free.

        Carbon Zero.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Wankel and 154mpg figures were BS anyway. It is a difficult task to turn a flat-out fantasy into a workable product.