Showcasing through a few favorite concept cars ahead of the Paris Motor Show!
This 2010 Urban Concept from Audi is a battery EV design to be ultra-light and ultra-efficiency, while also packing the maneuverable of a scooter.
Okay, that would be one large scooter... but still. It is easy to pilot around and the enclosed cockpit promises far more safety and security than anything on two wheels.
A standard steering wheel and pedals make this a perfect machine for those who would never feel safe on a motorcycle, but do not require anything as huge as a Smartcar. It is closest in theory to the Renault Twizy. For cities like LA, London or Beijing -- the Urban Concept might be able to leverage the Audi brand position to sell this mini entry-level model to eager yuppies.
The one part of the equation that is missing from this mobility study is the price.
Would it ever be low enough to justify versus a pre-owned A4?
That is certainly the million-dollar question.
But with quad-bike safety and licensing rules -- there may come a time when something like this is a viable choice versus taking the bus or train to work.
2011 Audi Urban Concept SPYDER
2011 Audi Urban Concept
The Audi urban concept – a completely new kind of concept car
An innovative urban concept car with 1+1 seats
Sleek cockpit made from CFRP, free-standing wheels with protective plates
Elaborate suspension, compact electric drive system for sporty performance