Audi A3 e-tron – Detailed Specs

2 years ago by Mark Kane 19

Audi A3 e-tron compared to other PHEVs

Audi A3 e-tron compared to other PHEVs

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Green Car Congress released this month a very interesting presentation of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, which is now entering the U.S. market.

Filip Brabec, Director, Product Management, Audi of America said that the expected fuel economy stands at 83 to 86 MPGe combined (35 to 39 mpg gasoline only) with EPA range of about 16-17 miles.

European plug-in hybrids don’t typically have long all-electric range, because the battery is usually under 10 kWh (8.8 kW in A3 e-tron). All-electric mode is also available up to 80 mph, but can be interrupted with strong acceleration at lower speeds.

Pricing starts at $34,657 after destination charge and $4,168 tax credit is deducted. (MSRP 37,900 +$925 dst)

Quick specs:

  • 16-17 miles all-electric range (EPA) up to 80 mph
  • fuel economy 83 to 86 MPGe combined (35 to 39 mpg gasoline only)
  • 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds
  • top speed 130 mph
  • FWD parallel hybrid – a modified petrol engine 1.4 TFSI 110 kW (150 hp) and 250 N·m (184 lb-ft) of torque; a six-speed S tronic transmission integrated with a 75 kW, 330 N·m (243 lb-ft) liquid-cooled, permanent magnet-driven electric motor
  • system output – 204 hp (152 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 N·m) of torque
  • 8.8 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery (packaged beneath the rear seat)
  • 240-volt charging in about 2 hours and 15 minutes
Audi A3 e-tron Range/MPGe (via EPA)

Audi A3 e-tron Range/MPGe (via EPA)

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron battery

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron battery

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Battery pack spec:

  • 8.8 kWh
  • 280 – 390 V depending on state of charge
  • 96 prismatic cells from Sanyo (part of the Panasonic)
  • eight modules of twelve cells each
  • total battery system weighs 125 kilograms (275.6 lb)

Energy denisty of the pack isn’t high at some 70 Wh/kg, but the 8.8 kWh pack for the plug-in hybrid Audi used high-power cells to be able deliver high peak power of 75 kW.

“The high-voltage battery has an ideal operating temperature of around 25 ˚C (77 ˚F). It therefore has a liquid cooling system in which four cooling plates regulate the temperature of the eight modules. Cooling is by means of a separate, flexibly controlled low-temperature loop, which also includes the power electronics and charger, as necessary. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron can generally also be driven solely on electric power in the heat of mid-summer and the below-freezing temperatures of winter.”

To find out more, please go directly to the Green Car Congress detailed presentation.

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron – engine and disc-shaped electric motor, integrated into the six-speed e-S tronic transmission

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron - engine and disc-shaped electric motor, integrated into the six-speed e-S tronic transmission

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron – engine and disc-shaped electric motor, integrated into the six-speed e-S tronic transmission

Source: Green Car Congress

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19 responses to "Audi A3 e-tron – Detailed Specs"

  1. David Murray says:

    I have to admit, that range is disappointing. 25 miles would have been acceptable as an entry level PHEV. But 16-17 miles is not that much better than a PiP and not even as good as a Ford Energi car…

    1. Speculawyer says:

      Yeah, it is pretty pathetic. Short range, poor performance, and not efficient.

      Try again, VW.

  2. heisenberght says:

    BREAKING: VW to partner with others to build a Gigafactory clone…

    “http://www.autohaus.de/nachrichten/konzertierte-aktion-vw-will-batteriefertigung-in-deutschland-1717979.html”

    1. heisenberght says:

      DISCLAIMER: This is a very rough translation of what the article says combined with positive thinking 😉

    2. heisenberght says:

      “http://www.automobil-produktion.de/2015/11/vw-will-batteriezellen-fertigung-in-deutschland/”

      I really hope they will!

      Luckily they are seeing their Diesel-lies are hitting them. Rebates are now up to 30% for ICE VW-up. Self-registration are up to 37,3%.

      There is no way they survive without a bold step! I hope they take the right decision. Many people will be jobless if they fail to adapt to the new situation. It’s time to wake up! Be brave VW!

      1. Rich says:

        I personally think VW bought quantumscape to bury the battery tech. Maybe they’re moving forward with a cutting edge battery technology (that they already bought!).
        http://insideevs.com/july-volkswagen-will-know-breakthrough-battery-tech-quantumscape-ready-primetime/
        http://insideevs.com/volkswagen-battery-breakthrough-could-lead-to-affordable-125-mile-electric-car/

  3. Bone says:

    17 miles is not much, but depending on drive cycle it can be significant reduction to gas use. I prefer my Ampera, but I can see why low EV range PHEVs are compelling to many. You get smooth electric drive and save gas without adding much cost or weight or sacrificing too much space.

    Unfortunately it seems that diesel scandal is slowing down VW group EV sales.

  4. Chris B says:

    Repost from other A3 thread:

    My primary reason for considering this car as a replacement to my gen 1 Volt (whose lease was up this past Summer) was for it’s performance. Indeed, Audi touts this in their cool commercial. GM rated the Volt’s 0-60 at 8.4 seconds vs. the Audi’s 7.6 seconds and the Audi was likely to have a more European driving feel and be sportier. I was willing to give up some range to get this.

    Flash forward to today and Car and Driver gets 0-60 in 7.8 seconds for the Volt (note: yes, Motor Trend was even faster, but I’m not putting nearly as much faith in their number), and reviewers are talking about how it handles pretty dang well (with the tires being the primary limiting factor) AND the Volt’s performance numbers appear to be achieved WITHOUT the use of engine assist (unlike the Audi) AND the Volt offers the smoother single gear experience found in “pure EVS”.

    In short the “performance” argument seems to have almost vanished for the A3 as compared to the Volt an then when you factor in the Volt’s nearly TRIPLE EV range and considerably lower price (compare MSRP, MSRP with options and the larger rebate for the Volt), well, the Audi would REALLY have to wow me to pick it over the Volt at this point. I look forward to a “head-to-head” comparison between the A3, 2016 Volt and BMW i3 Rex!

  5. vdiv says:

    Just to shine some perspective on that whole battery electric whathcamacallit vehicle thing. The Zero DSR electric bike has a 13 kWh battery (11.4 usable) that is expandable to 15.9 kWh (14 usable) with an external power pack.

    http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/zero-ds/specs.php?model=dsr

    Any carmaker that has a smaller capacity battery at this point is just mocking us.

  6. SparkEV says:

    Question for A3 e-tron buyer is why?

    If they want EV, i3 ($32K after subsidy) is better (performance).

    If they want hybrid, Volt is better (range).

    If they want EV and space, Leaf is better (cheaper, though lacking performance).

    If they want space (wagon), Prius is better (cheaper, bigger) given that 17 miles AER is pretty pathetic.

    If they want to save money and EV, SparkEV is better ($16K cheaper, about same or better performance)

    I guess it’ll have to be very narrowly focused person to want the e-tron.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      I think being around the segment so much, we (enthusiasts) tend to think in ‘electric’ terms, and use direct comparative of those specific e-abilities…but being the ‘best’ in one particular category or metric is not how cars are sold. It is these ‘best at something’ cars that are usually the cars in the narrowest choice field.

      The intangibles and the value of the ‘complete package’, versus the price, is how successful a vehicle ultimately is – which is why the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord are always the most sought after cars, and the Ford F series is the best selling truck.

      So, the question here could be:

      If you want an aesthetically pleasing car with classic instrumentation, a pedigree, a premium/functional interior with storage, handles decently … but that ALSO plugs in for under $40,000…your best choice is?

      Probably the A3 e-tron (Not my personal choice of drives…but just saying), at least until BMW starts putting out plug-in 3 series cars.

      This is a car to convert the mainstream when they sit in an Audi A3 at the dealer. And inside a lease, this car will be cheaper than the base model.


      Someday, there will be several plug-ins that sells 10,000+ vehicles a month in the US, but for the most part, they mostly likely will be nowhere near the best at anything in “e” terms. They will be plugs added to already popular/capable cars…at least until you can buy a 250 mile EV for $25k.

      A good example of this was the Prius PHV, for the few months Toyota had it stocked it peaked at almost 2,700 copies sold in a month…and they gave it zero promotion.

      The 1st gen Prius PHV is arguably the worst plug-in (relatively speaking) compared to any car based on e-abilities. But it had the Prius cache, ticked a lot of ‘middle-ground’ boxes, people where familiar with it, and was cheaper than any other Prius to lease. The A3 e-tron is likely to have the same effect for buyers considering an A3, or who enter an Audi dealership.

      1. SparkEV says:

        When you talk money, I perk up 🙂

        If lease ends up being cheaper than gas A3, I can see lots of takers for e-tron. I was curious why PiP was sellling at all, and I hadn’t considered lease price. Very good!

        1. Jay Cole says:

          Yupe, inside a lease the incentive basically doubles (provided the OEM is forwarding the amount straight)

          …which makes the value proposition a lot easier for the consumer to understand, especially if the plug-in is a conversion of a popular ICE version.

      2. ModernMarvelFan says:

        PIP was selling well primarily for California’s HOV stickers.

        It was at the time the cheapest car to qualify for the HOV green stickers. I haven’t seen a single PIP in SF Bay Area that does’t have the green HOV stickers. The PIP lifecycles matched up exactly with the CARB’s green HOV stickers program.

        Also, after tax incentives of $2500+ $1500(CA), the PIP was effectively the same price as regular non-plugin Prius, thus “no penalty” to get the weak PIP while you get almost all the benefits.

        That is why it sold “decently” considering how many regular Prius Toyota sells each month.

        1. Jay Cole says:

          No argument from me there. Which is basically why the A3 e-tron will probably make up 20% of all A3 sales.

          Also why GM could sell 75,000+ plug-in Cruze sedans next year with the old 16 kWh/35 mile range at $27,499 over ~30,000 2016 Volts at $33,000.

          1. ModernMarvelFan says:

            “Why GM could sell 75,000+ plug-in Cruze sedans next year with the old 16 kWh/35 mile range at $27,499 ”

            I am not sure if that would happen. Prius buyers would at least care about saving fuel and they are willing to try something different. So it is possible that they might upgrade to a Plugin version.

            But the Chevy Cruze buyers are walking into Chevy dealers for something that is traditional and “affordable”. Even at $27K, their shortsightness combined with bad Chevy Sales staff would have pushed them away from a Cruze PHEV. Combined with a missing seat or smaller trunk, it is a “no go” for many potential Cruze buyers.

            I hope I am wrong. But based on what I have seen so far with Chevy Cruze buyers and Chevy Dealers in general, I think I am pretty close to be right.

            The only way GM can turn it around is by having a new “sub brand” that focus on only hybrid, plugin hybrid and BEVs… But GM would never do that.

  7. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Fuel tank is located behind the rear axle?

    Hmm… I hope it never gets into a severe rear end collision. Only the bumper and trunk would save it from rupturing.

  8. Kevin says:

    I know I’m a minority for this, but my intended EV range to work one way is approximately 7-8 miles.

    But the most important factor for the car is not the range for me (Los Angeles), it’s how well the car looks. I want to feel confident about what I drive and that goes from the exterior all the way to the interior. This car is not meant to target most people, however, I am price sensitive. If the car is $299 for a Prem+, then I will will most likely grab one. I imagine the Prem (base) model to start at $249.