Audi A3 e-tron Live in Detroit

Audi A3 e-tron Live in Detroit

Audi has released official pricing for the Audi A3 e-tron Sportback in Germany: €37,900 (or ~$51,525 USD).

However, in announcing pricing, Audi slipped in a mention of its launch schedule for the A3 e-tron in Germany and Central Europe.  That mention, Winter 2014, represents a massive delay.

According to previous Audi announcements, the A3 e-tron was due to launch in Europe in Spring of 2014, so it's now been pushed back some 9 months or so in total.

Audi's latest announcement in regards to US availability of its A3 Sportback e-tron is “early 2015,” though we suspect that will be pushed back significantly now too.

Specs for the A3 e-tron, at least those we know, break out like this:

  • The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron accelerates to a speed of 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 7.6 seconds
  • It has a top speed of 222 km/h (137.94 mph).
  • Its average fuel consumption is just 1.5 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers (156.81 US mpg)
  • It offers a 50 kilometers - NEDC (31.07 miles) driving range in electric mode (look for about 22 miles on the US EPA scale)
  • Total driving range is 940 kilometers (584.09 miles).
  • The battery of the A3 Sportback e-tron has an energy capacity of 8.8 kWh and can be charged in less than 2.5 hours using a 16 A electrical outlet.
  • The five-door, five-seat vehicle has weight of 1,580 kilograms (3,483.30 lb)
Some details on the German launch of the A3 e-tron include, via AutoblogGreen:

"In Germany, Audi will sell the A3 Sportback E-Tron at select dealerships. The service departments of those 100 or so dealers will get special training to work with the high-voltage technology used by the plug-in hybrid. These locations will also feature free-to-use charging stations for customers."