Audi A3 e-tron

Audi A3 e-tron

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.

In 2016, there will be another plug-in hybrid, the Audi - Q7 e-tron.  In 2018, Audi plans to begin sales of the all-electric Q6 e-tron, which will be followed by one more mystery Audi BEV.

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