Pikes Peak Challenge, this is not.

Audi has posted a video detailing its so-called e-tron pilot project, in which a handful of drivers get to test the battery-electric version of the A3 hatchback. The two-minute video shows the test-drivers – based in Golden, CO – testing the car along mountain roads and talking about their reasons for signing up for the project. And let's just say the driving pace is all rather leisurely.

Still, Audi is making good on its latest test project. The German automaker said in February that it would launch a test fleet of electric A3s in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and Washington, D.C., later this year, though didn't say how many would be deployed. The A3 e-tron has a single-charge range of about 90 miles as well as an electric motor that provides about 130 horsepower. Check out the video below.



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      Kei Jidosha
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      I hope the Golden Audi ePilots aren’t too discouraged when they find out that their employer has canceled the A1 and A2 e-trons? A1 an A2 and ? http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1076657_audi-cans-electric-a2-city-car-a1-e-tron-report
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 1 Day Ago
      I think it's funny that Audi is doing large scale testing of the highest torque per pound / size motor possible to see if it can handle mountains or not. Just sayin.
      MTN RANGER
      • 1 Day Ago
      So basically Audi is where Nissan was five years ago. Nice.
      Electron
      • 1 Day Ago
      In related news Audi has canceled plans to produce the all-electric Audi A2, and the range-extended A1 e-tron: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1076657_audi-cans-electric-a2-city-car-a1-e-tron-report VAG has always been a vocal skeptic of plug-ins, the Volt being "a car for idiots"and that kind of stuff. Wonder how long A3 E-tron will last until that gets canned too. Of course they could still use a good compliance car for the states that require them, but I guess unless EV sales suddenly take off that will be the extend of their commitment.
      Spiffster
      • 1 Day Ago
      Sweet! I look forward to seeing these out on the road!
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 1 Day Ago
      Audi's commitment to EVs is so palpable. it's just wonderful. they are really good people through and through. stand up guys. not at all seething evil in suits. arbeit macht frei
      noevfud
      • 1 Day Ago
      What a bunch of marketing hype about why the employees are driving the cars. NIce way to spin it Audi.
      Tweaker
      • 1 Day Ago
      VW lets out some more PR to prove their green credentials. And the media bites. Now back to pushing more dirty diesels.