• Apr 10th 2011 at 3:25PM
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Audi is ready to take its e-tron vehicle strategy on the road, and one of its first all-electric offerings will come in the form of the A3.

Based on Audi's entry-level hatchback, the A3 e-tron packs an electric motor under the hood which sends power from the rear- and mid-mounted battery packs to the front wheels. Output is rated at 100 kW (just over 130 horsepower) and 199 pound-feet of torque, with the 26.5 kWh lithium-ion batteries providing a range of around 90 miles. The electric A3's performance figures to be far from enthralling, requiring 11 seconds to hit 60 mph and topping out at just 90 mph, but with a 400-volt rapid charger, getting juiced up can take as little as four hours – or as long as nine with a standard 110-volt outlet.

Other modifications include a new gauge cluster, a low consumption HVAC system and a heated windshield, but when the A3 e-tron is set to hit the market is still up in the air. The R8-based flaghip will supposedly go on sale sometime in 2013, but if Audi wants to get in on the EV action sooner – much like BMW is doing with its ActiveE 1 Series – the A3 could be a worthy stop-gap until in the interim.

[Source: Autoblog.it]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      You can't charge a 26.5kWh pack in 9 hours from a standard 110V outlet.

      You can only draw about 1.8kW (15A*120V) from a standard outlet. Even at 100% efficiency you're talking about 15 hours to charge, really you're talking about more like 18.

      I can't see how this vehicle is going to get 90 miles from that pack either. The Leaf just manages to do it and it was designed to be a lot more efficient (light, aerodynamic) than an A3. Audi's distance remaining gauge in the cluster only goes to 120km, which is 75 miles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Audi was talking about a standard European outlet, which is 230 V.
      • 4 Years Ago
      meh, do not care. irrelevant with the a1 series hybrid they're developing. i'm a lot more excited about a real series hybrid finally being sold with zero compromises to interior quality and layout.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lame. As always Audi continues with its FWD crap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't understand why manufacturers make these EVs. Battery packs are counter productive to the whole reason manufacturers are making effecient vehicles.
      They are an oxymoron. The additional weight doesn't make sense in vehicle design. The worst part is these powerful electric motors are light, but when the whole system gets bogged down with the battery packs its like a 16 cyl engine putting out 150 hp.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do you know what "etron" means in French?
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