After sayin' good-bye to the Audi R8 e-tron (not completely..) and the electric Audi A2 e-tron Audi will present a Hybrid version of the Audi A3, the Audi A3 e-tron at the Geneva Motor Show 2013 this March.
It will feature a plug-in hybrid with 150 kW (204 hp) and the fuel consumption for 100 km will be down at 1.5 liters (156.81 US mpg). It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 222 km/h (137.94 mph). The CO2 emissions are at 35 grams per km (56.33 g/mile).
In electric mode, the Audi A3 e-tron reaches a top speed of 130 km/h (80.78 mph) and has a maximum range of 50 km (31.07 miles). It's a Hybrid and not an EV, so the Range is quite okay.
The combustion engine is a modified 1.4 TFSI producing 110 kW (150 hp). A clutch links the TFSI to an electric motor with an output of 75 kW. The disc-shaped electric motor is integrated into a newly designed six-speed e-S tronic, which transfers the power to the front wheels. The two powerplants complement one another. The electric motor delivers its peak torque from start to around 2000 rpm, and the TFSI’s maximum pulling power is available in a range from 1,750 to 4,000 rpm.
The Audi A3 e-tron can be driven with just the combustion engine, just the electric drive or in hybrid mode. Even in electric mode it offers powerful acceleration without the need to engage the TFSI. The driver can choose to have both powerplants active at the same time (“boosting”). When the driver lets up on the accelerator, they both deactivate temporarily (“gliding”). In this way motor braking torque is eliminated and efficiency increases.
At the Geneva Motor Show, the Audi A3 e-tron will provide a realistic glimpse into the future of mobility as Audi is planning it. The electrification of the drivetrain, above all using plug-in technology, plays a deciding role in the strategy of the brand.
Read more about the A3 e-tron here on the Blog on March 5th or 6th ;-)