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."