Audi has announced plans to begin testing the A3 e-tron in the United States. It will be evaluated in California, Colorado and Washington D.C.

Audi has announced plans to begin testing the A3 e-tron in the United States.

As part of the program, engineers and "technical experts" will test the model in a variety of markets including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver and Washington DC. The company will then compile their findings to learn about performance and driving patterns.

According to Jeff Curry, e-mobility and sustainability strategy lead at Audi of America, "The A3 e-tron pilot program serves as an important innovation platform for Audi to develop greater insight into electric vehicles and how American driving conditions affect use of the progressive technology in everyday life. We will integrate the data generated from this program into the launch of a range of Audi e-tron models for American drivers."

As we have previously reported, the A3 e-tron features a 26.5 kWh lithium-ion battery which powers an electric motor that develops 136 PS (100 kW / 134 hp) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque. Thanks to this setup, the prototype can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 11.2 seconds, hit a top speed of 145 km/h (90 mph) and travel approximately 140 km (87 miles) on a single charge.

Gallery: Audi A3 e-tron headed to the U.S. for pilot program [video]