While we’re rather disappointed over the cancellation of the A2, in our hearts we suspected as much from the get go. Audi had initially pegged the car as merely a “concept technology study,” so perhaps we only have ourselves to blame for holding onto hope. But can you blame us? The Audi A2 packs an impressive array of cutting edge tech inside its tiny 12.7-foot frame.
Apart from the car’s simple, yet dynamic design, the A2 sports a host of features that could easily be found in the cars of the future. One of the coolest standouts of the A2 is its use of lasers — yes, lasers. In the A2, a rear fog light laser is capable of projecting a warning triangle, so drivers behind the vehicle can easily identify it whenever weather impairs visibility. The A2 offers up another inventive use of lighting by running an illuminated band along the length of the car which can change colors based on user input.
Weighing in at just over 2,500 pounds, the A2 concept was first shown in 2011 at the Frankfurt Auto Show sporting a 31-kWh lithium-ion battery capable of reaching speeds of 93 mph, and traveling an estimated 200 km (124 miles) on a single charge.
Alas, it looks like the A2’s dynamic use of lights and lasers, small stature, and futuristic aesthetic wasn’t enough to push it from concept to reality. And it won’t be the only electric in Audi’s stable to get its plug pulled. The A1 e-tron plug-in hybrid with a Wankel motor has also reportedly been given the scrap, attributing a complicated development process, unrealistic price points for both vehicles — 40,000 euros (roughly $50,000), in the case of the A2 – and an underperforming European auto market.