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by Tim Beissmann

Following the debut of the Audi A1 e-tron at the Geneva Motor Show, the German brand’s technology chief says five percent of its total vehicle sales by 2020 could be electric.

Although it has not yet officially announced production plans, Audi’s Michael Dick has revealed the A1 e-tron is very likely to hit showrooms after an anticipated three-year development phase.

The A1 e-tron is expected to be the second electric vehicle from Audi after it previously revealed two larger e-tron sports car concepts.

Due for a 2012 launch, Dick told Automobilwoche that three or four test vehicles will be put through their paces by the end of this year.

But the A1 will be the volume product, with the concept capable of travelling 50km in electric mode and using about 1.9 litres/100km with the range extended to 210km by the 254cc rotary engine.

Audi produced 932,260 vehicles in 2009, which was 9.4 percent below 2008’s result. If Audi’s sales increase by 30 percent by 2020, total sales will top 1.2 million and sales of electric vehicles will be close to 60,000.




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