Audi A3 e-tron Planned for 2015 Launch
Recent reports are indicating Ingolstadt-based automaker Audi is working on an e-tron production version of the A3 which is scheduled to come out in the United Kingdom in 2015. It should be capable of providing an electric range of up to 30 miles (48 km) and have CO2 emissions of less than 76 g/km. Unlike the full hybrid Audi A6 and A8 models, the A3 e-tron’s batteries will be charged from a socket, while a gasoline engine will function as a backup. Back in 2011, Audi revealed a concept A3 e-tron during the Auto Shanghai based on the A3 concept. It had a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder TFSI engine good enough for 207 (155 kW) and an electric motor offering an extra 27 hp (20 kW). Thanks to this setup, the A3 e-tron concept had a combined output of 234 hp (175 kW) and came with an S tronic seven-speed transmission enabling the vehicle to complete the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in a decent 6.8 seconds, en route to a top speed of 144 mph (231 km/h).
The 2011 concept featured a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack mounted behind the car’s rear seats which was enough to provide an electric range of up to 34 miles (54 km). If there will be a production version, the A3 e-tron will certainly be one of the most interesting electric hybrid cars of the decade. Lately there have been some rumors and speculations about Audi deciding to cancel the launch of the R8 e-tron. It seems that this piece of news is true as the German firm has reportedly axed the model because of the weak demand for such a car, as well as due to the reason it would offer a limited range. In addition, Audi insiders are saying the R8 e-tron involves high development costs which don’ make it feasible for a production variant since it would be too expensive and would stir away any potential customers.