The Audi A2 will be an electric-only car when it is launched in 2012, according to sources.
The move would pitch the car against the BMW Megacity, which is due to go on sale in 2013
The second-generation model will drop the pricey spaceframe construction of the original A2 for a conventional steel monocoque borrowed from the A1.
The new A2’s styling remains under wraps, but Audi has hinted that it will follow the template of its predecessor, with a tall one-box design and relatively narrow tracks.
Audi chairman Rupert Stadler has said electric drive is a priority.