Owing to the increasing levels of pollution, hybrid and electric vehicles have started to gain steam in the industry. Though the automotive industry’s interest in alternative fuels for mobility is relatively recent, Audi’s history and involvement in hybrid technology is over 20 years old. The first generation of the Audi duo, a concept car based on the Audi 100 Avant, made its debut in 1989. The hybrid Audi duo was powered by the combination of a five-cylinder petrol engine, which drove the front wheels, and a part-time 12hp electric motor that drove the rear wheels. Nickel-cadmium batteries were used to store energy. The company introduced another variant of the duo, based on an Audi 100 Avant Quattro, two years later.

Fast forward to 1997, when Audi became the first European car manufacturer to build a limited edition of a hybrid vehicle – the Audi duo based on the A4 Avant. Its powertrain comprised a 1.9-litre TDI developing 90 hp and a water-cooled electric motor developing 29 hp. Much like the two concepts, the production model of the Audi duo also employed the plug-in concept that allowed its battery to be charged from a socket. Additionally, the duo’s electric motor could also recover energy during deceleration. The Audi duo, too far ahead of its time, could achieve a maximum speed of 80 kmph in electric mode and a maximum of 170 kmph in the conventional drive mode.

Even today the company’s electric mobility innovation is complemented by its unyielding dedication to safety. As a rule, the designs of new model series embody all future requirements from the beginning. And Audi’s attention to safety ensures that in electric vehicles, the battery, cables, and other high-voltage components are painstakingly protected. The vehicle’s entire high-voltage system is secluded from the 12-volt network and the body. It is designed in a manner that ensures complete protection against accidental contact. Furthermore, the high-voltage lines and components are crash-optimized to avert short circuits. During production, strict protocols are prescribed for the assembly of electrified powertrains. Not only are the connectors specially coded and protected against accidental contact, each one fits only in the designated socket. In fact, Audi has also established a training concept for the service of such models.

Such a dedicated pursuit of quality and safety is also evidenced in the operations of Audi Approved Plus – the second hand car dealers in Gurgaon. The facility complies with the highest standards of quality and service for selling and buying pre-owned cars. The Audi Approved programme promises that each car on offer is in compliance with each of the 110 inspection points of its evaluation system. The facility not only offers a broad collection of certified pre-owned cars including models from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover but also deals in the purchase of second hand luxury cars. To buy or sell a second hand car, visit the Audi Approved Plus showroom in Gurgaon or click here.

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