A3 e-tron a determined attempt to make three-pin motoring feel utterly normal. It will be a sign that the electric vehicle market has matured when we stop comparing cars solely because they all come with plugs attached. When Audi’s new …read more
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Audi has been working intently to electrify the drivetrain using plug-in hybrid technology and the new Audi A3 e-tron has first been revealed at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The Audi A3 e-tron sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 222 km/h. The five-door model consumes on average just 1.5 liters* of fuel per 100 km.
In electric mode, the A3 e-tron reaches a top speed of 130 km/h and has a maximum range of 50 km. The combustion engine is a modified 1.4 TFSI producing 110 kW. 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.
* 1.5 litres/100km with 16″ wheels. Combined fuel consumption and combined CO2 emissions, calculated values for plug-in mode.
Last week Fairfax New Zealand took Audi’s first-ever plug-in hybrid on a drive through the streets of the Austrian capital of Vienna, out into hilly countryside, and back again. During the drive’s two and a half hour duration the Audi …read more