Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid revealed ahead of Geneva Motor Show

2013 Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid
2013 Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid

Rated at 156.81 mpg US

Audi has announced its plans of bringing the A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid to Geneva next month.

Power comes from a tweaked 1.4-liter TFSI engine generating 150 HP (110 kW) working together with an electric motor providing an additional 102 HP (75 kW). The combined system output stands at 204 HP (150 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque, with the power being sent to front wheels through a new dual clutch e-S tronic six-speed transmission.

The 2013 Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid completes the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) run in 7.6 seconds and is able to reach a top speed of 138 mph (222 km/h). The car has a fuel consumption of only 1.5 liters / 100 km (156.8 mpg US or 188.3 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 35 g/km.

It can be driven in three modes: hybrid, electric or just with the combustion engine. In electric mode Audi says the car has a maximum range of 31 miles (50 km) and can reach a top speed of 81 mph (130 km/h)

Full details are available in the attached press release.

Source: Audi

The Audi A3 e-tron 

  • Highly efficient plug-in hybrid with 150 kW (204 hp) system power and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) system torque
  • From 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.6 seconds
  • 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (156.81 US mpg)
Audi is working intently to electrify the drivetrain using plug-in hybrid technology. The brand with the four rings is showing the Audi A3 e-tron at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. With 150 kW (204 hp) of system power and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of system torque, sporty performance is guaranteed.

The Audi A3 e-tron is a true Audi. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 222 km/h (137.94 mph). According to the ECE standard for plug-in hybrid automobiles, the five-door model consumes on average just 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (156.81 US mpg), which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 35 grams per km (56.33 g/mile). In electric mode, the Audi A3 e-tron reaches a top speed of 130 km/h (80.78 mph) and has a maximum range of 50 km (31.07 miles).

The combustion engine is a modified 1.4 TFSI producing 110 kW (150 hp). A clutch links the TFSI to an electric motor with an output of 75 kW. The disc-shaped electric motor is integrated into a newly designed six-speed e-S tronic, which transfers the power to the front wheels. The two powerplants complement one another. The electric motor delivers its peak torque from start to around 2000 rpm, and the TFSI’s maximum pulling power is available in a range from 1,750 to 4,000 rpm.

The Audi A3 e-tron can be driven with just the combustion engine, just the electric drive or in hybrid mode. Even in electric mode it offers powerful acceleration without the need to engage the TFSI. The driver can choose to have both powerplants active at the same time (“boosting”). When the driver lets up on the accelerator, they both deactivate temporarily (“gliding”). In this way motor braking torque is eliminated and efficiency increases.

At the Geneva Motor Show, the Audi A3 e-tron will provide a realistic glimpse into the future of mobility as Audi is planning it. The electrification of the drivetrain, above all using plug-in technology, plays a deciding role in the strategy of the brand.

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Comments (8)

nice car this one I like it
Feb 25th, 2013 12:51am
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Microice Microice
good range off the battery and i wonder why they dont just employ a range extender. prius seems less and less like an option when you look at the competition
Feb 21st, 2013 8:56pm
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Garais877 Garais877
prius seems like a rip off when you look at the competition... I always said that prius is joke...
Feb 22nd, 2013 2:45am
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taliz taliz
See my comment below.
Feb 23rd, 2013 2:57pm
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taliz taliz
Huh? It's taken 15 years for the "competition" to get anywhere near the Prius hybrid capabilities. And I doubt these will be cheaper than the Prius, probably the opposite. Also, if Toyota hadn't launched the Prius and kept improving it, we'd have no hybrid alternatives at all today since the "competition" would have deemed the technology too expensive.
Feb 23rd, 2013 2:57pm
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Garais877 Garais877
:D yee right :D
Feb 26th, 2013 12:19am
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hunker7 hunker7
Seeing these figures, I would say hybrid is future, not all electric cars. You get range with drop of petrol.
Feb 21st, 2013 3:09pm
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Feb 21st, 2013 12:26pm
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