Audi has announced that its new A2 electric prototype will hit the market in 2016. Built to compete with the BMW i3, which is slated to go on sale in 2013, it seems like Audi is a little late to the party. Audi is, however, detail-oriented – and there are a lot of details in the electric A2.
The LED high beams on the electric A2 include microreflectors to cut down on glare, while the low beams are framed by daytime running lights with fiber optic technology. Not only can the intensity of the brake lights be adjusted according to external visibility, but Audi claims that they will also project a triangular shape onto the road behind the car during foggy weather to alert vehicles approaching from behind. It also has a glass roof, which can be darkened with the touch of a button.
Audi didn’t stop there. While most cars on the road have lights on the front and rear, Audi decided the A2 needed a brightly lit band (Dynamic Light) running from nose to tail. It isn’t purely decorative, though – while the Dynamic Light remains steadily lit while the car is simply driving down the road, it starts flashing on the appropriate side when the turn signals are activated. When the driver hits the brakes, red light streams from the brake lights forward to indicate how hard the brakes are being pressed. (It is not quite clear how well drivers behind the A2 will be able to see the length of the red light displayed along the side of the car.)
At 149” long, 66.5” wide, and 59” tall, the A2 seats four. Each seat is fixed to the perfectly level floor and can be folded down. Storage compartments are hidden below the seats. The chassis will not be made of aluminum, but of mixed construction to cut down on both costs and vehicle weight.
Touch-sensitive areas inside the steering wheel can be used to control a number of functions, and two more touch screens pop up next to the steering wheel when the car starts. The driver also has a 7” display front and center, which shows important information such as speed, range, and charge remaining on the battery. There are also two secondary displays behind the steering wheel.
Audi has also announced that the A2 comes with an internet connection, in order to allow the driver to connect to social networking sites while driving. Audi has made Facebook inescapable while increasing the number of distractions available to the driver in one fell swoop.
Source: Auto Motor und Sport | Gallery: Audi