Big on efficiency, style and performance this is by far the coolest Plug-in Hybrid concept I have seen so far. The Audi A1 Sportback sports a 1.4-liter TSI gas burning engine equipped with both a turbo and supercharger and a 20 kW (27 hp) electric motor.
Working together in hybrid mode the two engines propel the A1 from 0 to 62mph in 7.9 seconds with a top speed of 124mph all the while getting 72.4 mpg! Or you can switch to pure electric mode and drive approximately 60 miles sans petrol.
The A1 also boasts what they call a 2nd Gen "Infotainment" system. Now this is not part of the sustainability set of options but it's pretty cool so I figured I'd share. The navigation, Audio/video, car phone and contact database are all integrated into your WLAN capable cell phone.
The system also allows you to remotely monitor and control you A1, for example closing the windows if it's going to rain. You can also set a parking monitor program that will calculate your proximity to the car and tell you when you need to leave to go pay the meter or guide you back to your car in a parking garage.
I guess that could be considered a eco-friendly amenity, just think how much less carbon dioxide you you'll be breathing out if you never have to search every floor of a parking garage again!
Slated to be produced in 2009, I'm counting the minutes!