Interesting Concept, But When Will We See Production PHEVs by Audi?Here's the latest concept by Audi, a 2-door plug-in hybrid that claims to burn only 1.1 liters per 100 km (214 mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 26 grams per km (41.8 grams per mile), though as usual with plug-in hybrids, the MPG numbers don't mean much since it all depends what percentage of the trip is done in electric-only mode. Part of what makes the Crosslane Coupe special is the frame of the car (which you can see below):
"The Multimaterial Space Frame of the compact Audi crosslane coupé comprises three materials: aluminum, carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP), and glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP). The concept car has an unladen weight of about 1,390 kg (3,064 lb), including the large lithium-ion battery."
Under the HoodThe powertrain consists of a 3-cylinder 1.5-liter gasoline engine mated to 2 electric motors. Combined, they generate 130 kW (177 hp). The Audi crosslane coupe goes from full stop to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.6 seconds in combined mode, and in pure electric mode takes 9.8 seconds. The car’s top speed is 182 km/h (113 mph).
"The lithium-ion battery has an output of 17.4 kWh, sufficient for an operating range of around 86 km (53.44 miles) in the electric mode.
The combustion engine is a purpose-developed three-cylinder TFSI with a displacement of 1.5 liters, delivering an output of 95 kW (130 hp) and 200 N·m (147.5 lb-ft) of torque. The three-cylinder engine is coupled to an electric motor (EM 1), which acts primarily as a starter and an alternator. It develops an output of 50 kW (68 hp) and 210 N·m (155 lb-ft) of torque.
Electrical traction is provided by the second electric motor (EM 2) developing 85 kW (116 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. The transmission makes it possible to connect the combustion engine complete with alternator to the remainder of the drivetrain by means of a claw clutch."
No word yet on whether we'll see it - or a variation of it - make it to commercial production, or what kind of price tag it would have. But at least we know that Audi/VW's engineers are working on PHEV drivetrains, so chances are we'll see something that isn't just vaporware come out at some point.