Once again, the next generation Audi A2 is at the center of some heated speculations. After rumors that we’ll be seeing the next iteration of the city car around 2012, now its possible electric drivetrain is ‘powering’ the rumor mill.
According to the blokes over at Autocar, the next gen A2 will only be marketed as an electric car, in order to rival BMW’s future Megacity EV. We’ve heard this before, but this time it is deemed as a certainty that no conventional engines will be made available, as to not hurt the sales of the A1.
While rumors deemed a regular electric powertrain, now some voices are hinting that the extended-range electric vehicle technology we saw on the A1 e-tron concept in Geneva will be used for the next A2. As you may remember, it used a 61 HP motor which drew power from a lithium-ion battery pack. If the power reserve was depleted, a small capacity rotary engine would charge it up.
Frankly, we can’t really say for sure what’s going on behind closed doors in Ingolstadt, so we should just wait for the next big motors shows and find out. Until then, speculation will no doubt run rampant.
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