Audi Thinks The New A3 Sportback E-Tron EV Is Perfect
|   Thursday, January 08, 2015
Even if it is a hybrid that is recharged from a home power socket, the new Audi A3 e-tron is considered to be a perfect electric model by its creators. The compact electric car enjoys a range of about 50 kilometers.

Just as we are used by every automaker which launches an electric vehicle or hybrid, they try to demonstrate its capabilities and that it is a perfect match for the requirements of a modern public. This is the case of Audi too, which praises the new A3 Sportback e-tron through the voice of Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the German company.


"The new Audi A3 e-tron is the perfect vehicle for those who drive every day," stated Stadler, in reference to the fact that 80 percent of Europeans who drive the car on a daily basis, travel less than 50 km. This is the electric range equivalent of the A3 e-tron, the first production model fed from a power outlet in the Germans' range.

For those who want greater range, the A3 e-tron will also have a conventional petrol engine. The fuel tank is large enough to provide a total range of 940 kilometers.
Even so the premium compact is capable of excellent performances: top speed of 130 km / h in electric mode, and a maximum combined speed of 222 km / h. The sprint from 0 to 100 km / h, is performed in 7.6 seconds. This is possible thanks to the 204 horsepower and torque of 350 Nm, provided by the hybrid assembly.

According to the ECE standard for plug-in hybrid vehicles, the fuel consumption is just 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, matching CO2 emissions of 35 grams per kilometer. In electric mode, the compact five-door can go over the 50 kilometers with a CO2 emission of zero grams.
The powerplant of the A3 Sportback e-tron has 3 units: a 1.4 TFSI engine, an electric motor and a newly developed 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. It is made of lightweight aluminium and the whole engine weighs only 100 kilograms.

Using the Audi drive select, the driver can configure the car's character in accordance with the comfort, auto, dynamic and individual modes. The A3 e-tron has a curb weight (without driver) of only 1.540 kg, but offers space for five passengers and 280 liters for the luggage compartment.
With the exception of very low or hot temperatures, or when battery charge is low, the car is almost always started electrically. The car accelerates rather fast with the electric motor's high torque. Overall, the plug-in hybrid systems add about 335 kg to total weight (148 kg for the batteries and 70 kg for the electric motor and the electronic system).

Some 3 hours and 45 minutes are needed to recharge the batteries using a 220-volt wall socket or 2 hours and 15 minutes with a 380-volt socket.
The car was launched in November in Europe and in the second half of 2015 it will come to the U.S. and China. It costs 37,900 euro in Germany. Its main rivals are the Toyota Prius plug-in and the Volkswagen Golf GTE.
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