Audi A3 Sportback e-ton Features 31 Miles Of Range (sort-of) In A Sporty Package
Finally, we know all there is to know about the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron that is debuting in Geneva this week, as Audi media has drop a wealth of knowledge on the extended range car.
The A3 Sportback e-tron is no performance slouch, as the car features 150 kW (204 hp) of power with 258 lb-ft of system torque, which propels the car to 100 km/h (62mph) is just 7.6 seconds.
Audi A3 e-tron Interior
The plug-in Audi has an all electric range of 31 miles, and a very thrifty fuel efficiency rating of 157 MPG. It is worth noting that like its sister car, the plug-in electric Volkswagen Golf, these are Euro-zone ratings. When this platform goes on sale in the US in 2014 (arriving late summer of this year for Europe), we expected a more conservative rating of about 22 miles and 105-ish MPGe.
Thankfully, Audi has decided to do a little forward thinking when designing the A3 e-tron, and has housed the 96 cell, 8.8 kWh lithium battery in the the floor, beneath the rear bench seat. (Are you listening Ford, we would like to have our trunk room back in your Energi plug-ins) Charging the electric A3 takes about 2.5 hours via a 3.6 kW charger.
The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron gas, extended range motor is a modified 1.4 TFSI, which puts out 150 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. In electric only mode the car is limited to 81 mph; after which the ICE engages if you really feel the need to put your foot down.
The A3 e-tron can be driven in three modes:
- just the combustion engine
- just the electric drive
- hybrid mode.
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Cutaway
The German company says of this of the A3's three driving modes:
"Even in electric mode it offers powerful acceleration without the need to engage the TFSI. The driver can choose to have both powerplants active at the same time (“boosting”). When the driver lets up on the accelerator, they both deactivate temporarily (“gliding”). In this way, engine braking torque is eliminated and efficiency increases.
Three driving programs are selected using the EV button and the e-tron’s selector lever. The EV characteristic map covers the electric mode; the D program makes the A3 Sportback e-tron run especially efficiently, and in the S plane it is notably sporty."