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Audi e-tron E1  (Source: Motorauthority)
Odd looking EV seats two

A very odd-looking car was spied in Berlin this week. The tiny car was wearing wild camouflage that new models are often seen in to hide their dimensions from spy photographers. 

The vehicle in this instance was a peculiar, very small car wearing the linked rings of the Audi brand on the grill. Audi has since confirmed that the camouflaged car that was seen in Berlin was actually the e-tron city concept car.

This e-tron city car isn't to be confused with the much larger, and more likely to hit the roads, e-tron A3 car from April. This little city car is dubbed an "urban concept" according to Audi. The car looks to have just one seat based on the photos, but it will actually hold two people. The passenger sits to the right and a bit behind the driver for more shoulder room. The narrow tires will help reduce rolling resistance and presumably increase the driving range.

The fully electric car produces no emissions and will officially debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.

The e-tron city is expected to be the smallest in the Audi eco range sporting EV, gas, and diesel models. There should be more information on the vehicle when the Frankfurt Auto Show kicks off in September.

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That Dude
By Sazabi19 on 8/11/2011 2:47:52 PM , Rating: 3
That is walking is about to step on that thing. I honestly wouldn't feel safe driving it (here in the US at least).

RE: That Dude
By Stuka on 8/11/2011 3:07:44 PM , Rating: 3
When I saw the sketch on VWVortex I assumed it would be Yaris/xD sized, which would be acceptable. This is too small. Not just from an impact standpoint, but also from a visibility standpoint. A minivan backing out would see an empty parking spot behind them.

RE: That Dude
By wushuktl on 8/12/2011 6:49:04 AM , Rating: 2
they should add little 3 or 4 ft poles with flags on the top to help with this problem

RE: That Dude
By JediJeb on 8/12/2011 2:51:27 PM , Rating: 2
So I guess motorcycles are always being backed over by minivans?

If all drivers would actually take driving seriously then there would not be a problem with the size of this car.

RE: That Dude
By JasonMick on 8/11/2011 3:16:51 PM , Rating: 2
That is walking is about to step on that thing. I honestly wouldn't feel safe driving it (here in the US at least).

That's not a electric car, that's an electric go-kart!

RE: That Dude
By quiksilvr on 8/11/2011 3:36:39 PM , Rating: 2
RE: That Dude
By bah12 on 8/11/2011 3:52:20 PM , Rating: 5
When Mick is bashing your electric car, you had better head back to the drawing board boys!

RE: That Dude
By Samus on 8/12/2011 12:22:42 AM , Rating: 2
The ridiculous thing about its proportions isn't how small it is, but how high off the ground it is. If they were making it small to be more 'efficient' they could have started by giving it a lower center of gravity.

RE: That Dude
By michael67 on 8/11/2011 4:02:45 PM , Rating: 2
I think you would still be a lot saver in this then on a motor!

And I for one would not mind to have a extra single person cheep car, would still be useful for 75% of the time.

RE: That Dude
By Spuke on 8/11/2011 4:38:14 PM , Rating: 2
And I for one would not mind to have a extra single person cheep car, would still be useful for 75% of the time.
Too bad this won't be cheap (no electric car will be for quite a while).

RE: That Dude
By michael67 on 8/11/2011 4:44:56 PM , Rating: 2
this looks like a 4~500kg car whit even less drag.

So you properly can do with a battery that's only 30% in size of a leaf.

Ofc this are guises but think I will not be far off.

RE: That Dude
By Dr of crap on 8/12/2011 8:53:29 AM , Rating: 1

You speak Engrish?

RE: That Dude
By michael67 on 8/12/2011 10:01:58 AM , Rating: 3
Hey do you speak next to English also Dutch, German, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian.

So up yours for my bad English :p

RE: That Dude
By Dr of crap on 8/12/2011 12:29:23 PM , Rating: 2
Hey thanks!

RE: That Dude
By GuinnessKMF on 8/12/2011 11:27:18 AM , Rating: 2
You've never been on a motorcycle, have you? Smart Motorcyclists employee an active safety, where the high maneuverability of the bike is used to avoid accidents that others would have caused on them. People love to claim that an accident was the other person's fault, but if you were paying attention and don't trust other drivers to do the right thing, you still could have avoided it, motorcycles have even more ability to overcome idiots on the road.

As far as if you're actually in an accident, that thing is a death trap, on a motorcycle you're wearing a helmet (again smart riders), which is probably more protection than you'd get from that death trap.

RE: That Dude
By michael67 on 8/12/2011 6:30:12 PM , Rating: 2
I sold my ZZR-1100 motorcycle years ago, and yes all that bs you are saying is right.

Only one problem with it, motorcycle's can go a lot faster then cars, and people ten to like going fast.
I know for sure if I had not sold my motorcycle I would have bin dead now.

Also a other fact, per driven km/mile you have 5 times more change to have a serious accident then in a car.

The accident rate car vs motorcycle is not that mouths different, only with a car there is metal around you, on a motorcycle there is noting.

So all what you sad is true in theory, problem is reality is that motorcycle are lots of fun but also very dangerous.

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