Audi A3 e-tron Production Now At 50 Units Per Day

NOV 29 2014 BY MARK KANE 18

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi announced that it’s gradually ramping up production of its first plug-in hybrid electric car the A3 Sportback e-tron in Ingolstadt, Germany where the electrified A3 is assembled together with other models on the same line.

Series production began in September (after pilot production during the summer) with a pace of 30 cars a day (or several hundred a month).

Now, in November, daily production has reached 50 cars a day (which translates to 1,000 – 1,500 a month depending how many days in a month work is conducted at the factory).

Dr. Hubert Waltl, Board of Management Member for Production at AUDI AG, stated:

“We started series production of the Audi A3 Sportback e‑tron in the summer. Most of the assembly work is integrated into the A3 line; no separate manufacturing is necessary. That demonstrates the flexibility and efficiency of our production planners and employees.”

“We first of all ramped up production of the A3 Sportback e‑tron to about 30 cars a day in September. Our peak is approximately 50 units each day now. In any case, we are keeping additional capacity available.”

Additional capacity is available and will be utilized if needed.  If Audi sees more than 1,500 orders a month, then we should expect another ramp-up.

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Peter Kössler, head of the Ingolstadt plant, stated:

Working with high‑voltage systems in series production was a new challenge for us, but we mastered it well. At all stages of assembly, we achieve maximum levels of safety for our employees and quality for our customers.”

And here is a short description of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron:

“With the Audi A3 Sportback e‑tron, Audi is launching the mobility of the future. The compact five‑door combines a 1.4 TFSI combustion engine with a 75 kW electric motor, resulting in a total system output of 150 kW (204 horsepower). Despite the sporty driving performance, fuel consumption in the NEDC is just 1.5 liters per 100 kilometers (35 grams of CO2 per kilometer). The A3 Sportback e‑tron can travel up to 50 kilometers in purely electric mode and up to 890 kilometers more with the gasoline engine.”

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18 Comments on "Audi A3 e-tron Production Now At 50 Units Per Day"

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Tesla Fan

unappealing ev

Mikael

Appealing car, with 250-300k sales per year.

Stephen

One of the new gateway drugs that will get the world hooked on electricity

Ct200h

Where and to whom are they selling these cars?

To me as soon as they make it available in the US. I prefer long-range BEVs, but there is definitely a case to be made for PHEVs that only burn gas when you go on long trips.

Totally agree w Stephen. This is the bridge technology that the general public can drive with no changes in lifestyle other than saving a few thousand dollars a year.

JRMW

This may end up being the first semi affordable AWD option to americans in the EV space given Mitsubishi’s dilly dallying.

Im looking at this, the Outlander, and the Volt.

JRMW

Sorry got cut off.
the A3 etron is a nice addition because it’ll be the only affordable AWD hatchback on the market which will capture those wanting AWD but not wanting a SUV or CUV.

It also looks like it might beat the Outlander PHEV to the American market which will help.

The poor AER is sad but I’ve heard it is fun to drive. Thus it stays on the list

John in AA

Last I checked, Audi was not planning to offer Quattro with the A3 e-tron in the USA. FWD only. That, plus the ever-receding delivery date, and I decided Audi didn’t want my business. (Tesla, on the other hand, did.)

JRMW

i know
It has been so frustrating waiting

It’s like little Orphan Annie.
The car I want is always a day away.

More and more looking like I’ll end up with a 2015 Volt because nobody else can get their stuff together

Would you go with a VoltUV if GM suprises us with one at the auto show?

JRMW

Yes

The A3 E-tron will not have Quattro as an option….

Ct200h

I think it’s front wheel drive only?

JRMW

Oh gosh you are totally rights 2015 etron will be only FWD

There have been so many announcements on all these cars I get confused about what’s happening and what’s vaporware.

Uuurrrgggghhh

The lack of AWD makes the etron uninspiring.

Apologies

CAB

When is this slated to hit the U.S. now? Is it Fall of 2015???

Hopefully the A4 and A6 plug-ins will offer AWD Quattro….

Ct200h

It will be on mars before its sold in the USA

I just can’t trust anything Audi says.

suresh

add a “sporty” before every word and a “dynamic” after every word and see how many americans will fall for this bull****. for reference there is chevy volt with 30% more electric range.