Audi Dealer Confirms First A3 e-tron Deliveries Will Occur This October

2 years ago by Eric Loveday 42

Audi Says L2 Charging Of The A2 e-tron's 8.8 kWh Battery Takes 2 Hours 15 Mins

Audi Says L2 Charging Of The A2 e-tron’s 8.8 kWh Battery Takes 2 Hours 15 Mins

Audi A3 e-tron Colors

Audi A3 e-tron Colors

Via one of our contacts at a U.S. Audi dealer, we’ve been able to confirm that first deliveries of the A3 e-tron to U.S. buyers will occur this October.

The A3 Sportback e-tron has a U.S. port release listed as the 43rd week of 2015. The 43rd week of 2015 runs from October 19 through October 26.

We expect to see the first A3 e-tron to be delivered to a buyer just before October comes to an end.

Here’s some additional information on A3 e-tron pricing, specs etc. from one of our previous posts on the plug-in car (InsideEVs contributor Michael Beinenson also took a short test drive in a US-spec A3 e-tron):

The base “Premium” level for the e-tron starts at $37,900 (+ $925 destination).  Discount some $4,158 from the federal government in plug-in credits for its 8.8 kWh battery, and the net cost is $33,700, making the plug-in close to the most inexpensive product in the Audi lineup (base As starts at $30,900).

The Audi’s combined performance output is rated at 204 hp, with the electric motor putting the bulk of the combined 258 lb-ft of torque.

The company says 30 miles of all-electric range is achievable, but we expect the EPA to ultimately put a low 20s number on the end product when the final rating are in.

Specs below:

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Specs

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Specs

 

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42 responses to "Audi Dealer Confirms First A3 e-tron Deliveries Will Occur This October"

  1. Assaf says:

    Priced to sell! And no words on geographical restrictions. That’s good.

    When the German automakers eventually send their EVs over here, they mean business.

    (looking at you, Kia and Mitsubishi)

    1. RexxSee says:

      Another short AER hybrid, lol!

    2. John in AA says:

      Let me count the number of German EVs I can buy in Michigan. Let’s see, there’s the i3 and… um… nice weather we’re having, isn’t it!

      No e-Golf, no B-class, no Smart. They “mean business?” I think not.

      1. Mikael says:

        Haha… maybe you need to buy more EVs to start with to get more options. 😛

        Here in Sweden the score is 11-1 in German EV models vs. Michigan EV models.

        1. John in AA says:

          I’m not quite following your point.

          To be clear, I wish all these models were available in all fifty states. (And I’m pretty sure if VW would sell the e-Golf here, I’d already have bought one.)

  2. sven says:

    I do like that plug location.

    1. miggy says:

      Yes I agree with the charge plug in the front.
      We have had these cars for a few months now, selling well but not great, far better price in the USA.
      see http://www.audi.co.nz or http://www.audi.co.au for more information and reviews.

  3. John says:

    There’s a pretty good chance that this will replace my wife’s Honda Civic. We were really disappointed that Honda didn’t even try to improve the Accord PHEV…sad. The dealership here is top notch.

    But we gotta drive one first!

  4. jdbob says:

    12 month or 5000 miles whichever comes first for maintenance? I thought we got away from that nonsense years ago.

    My plug-in hybrid Ford specifies 24 months or 20000 miles whichever comes first.

    1. Joe says:

      From the way it works, this car is more engine first hybrid second. You’ll be using the engine more than you want to, esp. since the motor isn’t that great vs. a volt.

  5. Someone out there says:

    8.8 kWh battery means “We know nobody will bother with the plugging in but we want the incentives and ZEV credits”

    1. Assaf says:

      Last Tuesday night at Sea-tac airport’s EV trickle charge spots, all 12 spots were taken, and 3 of them had Ford Energi vehicles, exactly the type of battery you say drivers “won’t bother to plug in.”

      btw, Energi’s are a pretty rare sighting around here, I’d wager <10% of the local plug-in fleet. So it seems quite a few of those who already bother to get one, do want to plug it in whenever feasible.

      1. RexxSee says:

        If you have seen some of these short rangd hybrids plugged-in doesn’t mean the majority of their owners care to plug every night.
        And sitting idle for a long time at an airport is a good motivation to plug it, and maybe a free parking spot?

        1. Assaf says:

          No, not free, although somewhat better odds of finding a spot (not by a whole lot, we got the very last and there were non-EV spots available here and there).

          Electricity is free there, but it amounts to ~12c/hour. More likely it’s people who *do* want to replace gas miles by EV miles on the way back – for most people in the region the airport is a good 15+ miles away, so an Energi PHEV is unlikely to pull the entire round trip on electricity alone.

          I too heard a lot of anecdotes and presumptions about how bad Energi drivers are, they don’t care to plug in, etc. etc. – so this was a nice example for the opposite.

        2. Foo says:

          IMO, airports should provide tens or hundreds of (releatively cheap) 110V sockets scattered throughout their parking lots, instead of a smallish bank of (more expensive) Level 2 stations.

          People can afford to charge at Level 1 while away on almost any trip in a regular parking spot next to a socket, instead of charging for just a few hours (at Level 2) and then squatting in the same spot for days on end.

          1. Edward Arthur says:

            +1 (or +120V)

  6. Koenigsegg says:

    no bueno

  7. Braben says:

    Good alternative to the Fusion Energi models. Better looking than the C-Max and more practical than the Fusion. And a much nicer interior than both of them.

    1. pjwood1 says:

      You cant fault buyers for wanting PHEV in at least A4, or Sportwagon, sizes. A3 is a bachelor’s sportback.

      1. Assaf says:

        Be patient, they will arrive. VAG plans to electrify their entire lineup.

      2. Braben says:

        While I don’t disagree, the A3 is actually more roomy than it may look. In Europe they are popular family cars.

        The Fusion Energi may have a little more room in the back seats, but nonetheless it’s even more a “bachelor’s car” than the Audi, since it can’t be used for a family trip due to lack of cargo capacity (and I’m saying this as an owner ;-)).

        1. pjwood1 says:

          If the Cadillac CT6 does not sell well, like ELR, it will have the room and Volt’s battery for Energi owners wanting space. Still, Tesla has them all in this regard.

  8. vdiv says:

    Wish VAG brought the VW Golf GTE to the States and stop treating us as imbeciles. We deserve the same cars as Europe and the rest of the freaking world.

    1. Assaf says:

      Can’t blame them, if they get I dunno, 30%-50% more money for the GTEs in Europe and they sell like hotcakes there, why rush to ship them over the ocean, where car buyers are spoiled in so many ways including the price?

      But chances are the GTE will arrive here soon enough. After all, the e-Golf is already here selling nationwide.

  9. Michael Will says:

    So what is the epa MPG for this hybrid ?

    Mitsubishi highlander suv supposedly can get more than 100 mpg

    1. Joe says:

      C&D got 34 for the engine only, 42 electric only, est 95mpge.

  10. andre says:

    this type of hybrid totally bull****!…the real world starts somewhere at the new Volt range -and silent engine!!!!

    1. mr. M says:

      Sorry to inform you, the real world starts with 0 miles AER and no electric motor at all to drive the wheels.

      What you meant is the real world in 2050.

      1. Brian says:

        +100

        How quickly we forget how rare plug-in cars still are in 2015. They have to start somewhere, and an 8.8kWh battery isn’t bad at all.

  11. Brian says:

    So much hate/disdain for this car here. I think it’s great! So many Audi drivers would never consider a Chevy anything. At the same time, many cannot afford a $75k+ Tesla. This opens up a whole new market demographic to plug-ins! Sure, it has less AER than a Volt, but it has infinitely more than any other Audi. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good!

    1. PVH says:

      I know…and then they complain that so few car makers do care to sell their PHEV’s on the north american market anymore (Mitsu. PHEV for example). I guess part of the reason lies in comments here and in other EV enthousiast NA sites. It is strange how this is the land of extremes, it seems you either have the muscle ICE car enthousiast or the ultra orthodox EV enthousiast, some in between but few as I can see. Even a low emission ICE is much better than current situation, not to speak of a PHEV with a 8,8Kwh battery. Those are just transportation means, inside EV was not intended to become I church of some sort I suppose.

      1. John in AA says:

        By definition a website like this will attract enthusiasts — the mildly (or less) interested will spend their time elsewhere. I don’t think you can infer much about the market from the content of message boards like this. See also: “selection bias”.

        1. PVH says:

          Of course it is fine to be an enthousiast but a few by being so narrow minded are exactly achieving the opposite result of they are aiming at. If Big Car commits to have its full range of vehicles emitting in average less than 100gr CO2/ km –> very good, if Big Car makes efforts with PHEV’s, even better (even with small batteries), fuel cell vehicules ? why not, as a transition. I daily check EV sites in English, German & French but somehow never felt the need to become a BEV taliban.

          1. John in AA says:

            Two things.

            First, you began by (partly) blaming the Europeans’ failure to export PHEVs to North America on enthusiast sites such as this one. I think you are vastly overestimating the influence of such sites. The manufacturers have their reasons, I’m sure, but I very much doubt the approval of the commentariat on Inside EVs is a requirement to greenlight the export of a PHEV to the US.

            Second, if we accept for the sake of argument that VW, Mercedes, et al are not being waiting for the sapproval of the “BEV Taliban” commenting on web sites, it would be interesting to understand what their real reasons are. Three speculations: any or all of,

            1. They’ve tuned their vehicles to be more appealing to European drivers (low AER is OK for lower average trip in Europe, not OK for NA trips),
            2. They’ve tuned their vehicles to the European regulatory environment (inner-city emissions regulation, exists in Europe, not in NA. Low AER is sufficient to game Euro regulation, not so good for CARB), and/or
            3. They’re production-constrained (battery supply? or just manufacturing) so combined with the fact their vehicles aren’t tuned to be competitive in NA, they just aren’t allocating them to be exported here.

            This seems like a bit of a risky strategy since they risk losing market share in NA in the long term, but I presume the manufacturers employ people with MBAs to worry about this.

            All of this is for business/regulatory reasons and has nothing to do with the “BEV Taliban”. Equally, I think we have to accept that BEVs are doing as well as they are not due to some kind of religious fervor but because they offer good value to their buyers. Some few people may be buying for religious reasons, but I bet that market has been largely exhausted (no pun intended) by now.

  12. bro1999 says:

    Only thing this really offers compared to say a C-Max Energi is “Audi-ness”, different styling, and slightly better performance numbers. Otherwise *yawn*. I’ll stick with my C-Max.

    (e-tron not even worthy of being compared to the ’16 Volt)

    1. Brian says:

      As I said to your similar comment on the CMax forum, I agree. But “Audi-ness” is worth a lot to some people. Worth more than “Ford-ness” or “Chevy-ness”. I’m not one of them, but the e-Tron absolutely widens the market for plug-ins.

      Also, given the specs, I suspect the e-Tron will get maybe 10-15% better AER and acceleration as compared to our CMax Energis. Again, this is worth a lot to some people.

  13. tom911 says:

    Is it eligible for an HOV sticker in CA? Can you fully recharge the battery while driving on ICE? Front charging location is great when away from home but not with a side-wall mounted charger at home as you’d want to mount it closer to your roll up door in case you had to charge the car outside in some situations.

    1. Brian says:

      I have mounted my garage L2 charger by the front driver’s side door, when backed into the garage. It works great there for either my CMax or my Leaf (the latter has the charge door on the front). Either car can be backed into the garage or “nosed up” to it from outside. I don’t see what your issue is.

    2. Braben says:

      It should qualify for the green sticker (but they probably won’t last much longer). And yes, it does have a battery charge mode.

  14. Jeff Songster says:

    Nice looking hybrid… needs a quick charge port for 10 minute boosts… otherwise these cars tie up alot of chargers for not much aer.

    1. Brian says:

      What about borrowing the eGolf’s 7.2kW OBC for starters? That way they can use the much more common L2 network. Not much point in a 10 minute QC on a car like this. Either you burn a little gas, or you let the car charge while you do something else for an hour (if it had the 7.2 OBC) or more likely 2-2.5 hours.

      It would be annoying to content with Blink’s occupancy fee after charging is complete, though.

  15. Al S says:

    So, has this car been delivered in the USA?