Audi A3 e-tron Launch In U.S. Is Vitally Important For Automaker’s Electric Future
A recent Automotive News’ article on Audi’s electric future reveals some interesting details.
First of all is that the A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid will be available throughout nearly the whole U.S. dealer network (roughly 280 dealerships), with a goal of approximately 5,000 sales annually.
All of those dealers who signed up for the A3 e-tron will install at least 4 charging points, as the first step to be ready for more electric models.
The A3 e-tron is priced fairly aggressively in the United States from $37,900. The Audi is also eligible for $4,158 from the federal government in plug-in credits because of its 8.8 kWh battery. While not yet rated by the EPA, we expect a result of about ~22 miles of real world range.
The arrival of the Audi A3 e-tron triggers local dealer training, and a study on purchase behaviors (whether consumers like the optional EVSE rooftop solar panels installed by SunPower).
So, Audi is moving forward and we should now expect at least 5,000+ plug-in sales in the US for the first full year of sales in 2016. The A3 e-tron first deliveries are happening right now in America.
Editor’s Note/Update (November 8th, 2015 – 2:50P): Upon request we added some details on the Audi A3 e-tron’s specs/US pricing to the article
Source: Automotive News