Audi Says A3 Sportback e-tron Goes Into Production And On Sale THIS Year

11 months ago by Jay Cole 10

Audi A3 Sportback e-ton Features 31 Miles Of Range (kinda) In A Sporty Package

Audi A3 Sportback e-ton Features 31 Miles Of Range (kinda) In A Sporty Package

Audi has said that it prefers plug-in extended range hybrids over all electric vehicles.

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Cutaway

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Cutaway

So the news that the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron will go into production this year ahead of schedule, while the Audi R8 e-tron, all electric supercar will not go into production at all, confirms their sentiments with action.

The Audi, which basically is the same set up as the Volkswagen Golf plug-in, but with more luxury appointments, is powered by a 1.4L engine that puts out 148 hp (148 lb-ft).

When used in conjunction with Audi’s 75 kW (101hp) electric drive unit, the car has a combined rating of 201 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque.

Electric range is listed at 31 miles via a 8.8 kWh battery, and can be fully charged in about two hours.   (US ratings note: The 31 mile listing is Euro-NEDC based, and translates likely to around 20 miles on the EPA standard)

Audi A3 e-tron Interior

Audi A3 e-tron Interior

The car will be priced around  €38,000 ($49,000 USD) in most parts of Europe when it goes on sale there as early as the end of this year in selected markets.  And yes, Audi has confirmed the car is coming to United States as well.  The A3 e-tron is now expected in both the UK and in the US in mid-2014.

Heinz Hollerweger, Audi AG’s head of technical development, says “battery-only vehicles give up too much in range” to appeal to most buyers.

The extended range Audi has a total range of 940 km (585 miles), while also having the ability to hit 62 mph in 7.6 seconds, and tops out at an impressive (and mostly useless) 138 mph.

Natural competitors in the US market would be the BMW i3, the Chevrolt Volt, its sister VW Golf, and the Cadillac ELR; which just headed into pre-production recently itself in anticipation of a 2014 release.

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10 responses to "Audi Says A3 Sportback e-tron Goes Into Production And On Sale THIS Year"

  1. Taser54 says:

    Tomorrow-Audi announces it has shelved the A3 Sportback e-tron

  2. zilm says:

    Not bad pricing, similar gasoline Audi costs from 30000 euros but today Audi also announced A7 hydrogen. I wonder what Audi is really going to do.

    1. Audi is also wondering what Audi is really going to do zilm.

      1. Jay Cole says:

        I was thinking of you as we were scheduling this post out Tom…I remembered how you were saying you really wanted a lot more Audi stories, (=

  3. evnow says:

    Looks like the batteries are under the seat – a welcome departure from what Ford does.

  4. Suprise Cat says:

    8.8 kWh battery for such a large and heavy car is a joke.

  5. MrEnergyCzar says:

    Jay, or anyone, will it come with or have an option for quattro?

    Thanks,
    MrEnergyCzar

  6. Bennyd says:

    The BMW i3 has the edge for me. It is a true electric car with an on board generator that’s not tied to the drive train.

  7. Priusmaniac says:

    The A1 e-Tron is a range extender EV but the A3 e-tron is a costly double motorisation vehicle, that is quiet different.

    At present the is no real range extender EV on the market. The BMW i3 is the first one to come this summer.

  8. Spec says:

    So it will be like 3 years later than the Volt, much more expensive, and not as good. But it will have the Audi badge for the badge whores.