Audi is to test 20 of its extended-range electric A1 e-trons in and around Munich to determine how the car will be used day to day.
Two hundred ‘electric filling stations’ providing 'green electricity' will be installed around the city to support the ‘eflott’ project.
All 20 examples of the A1 e-tron will be operational by mid-2011 when the project, which forms part of the 'Model Region Electromobility Munich' initiative, will begin.
Peter Ramsauer, the German federal transport minister, said there was interest in how the transportation systems of the future will look and the project is a large field test to place 'electromobility' in real-world conditions.
He added: “Our goal is clear: we want to make Germany the lead market for electromobility and put at least one million electric vehicles on German roads by 2020.”