PHOTO CAPTION: Audi A3 e-tron concept is said to be rated at 156 mpg.

Audi to Reveal A3 e-tron Electric Hybrid Concept in Geneva

The A3 e-tron concept can drive up to 31 miles on electricity at up to 80 mpg.

Published: 22-Feb-2013

Audi took the wraps off its A3 e-tron concept, which is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. While the last e-tron was a pure electric car, this new model will be a plug-in hybrid.

Under the hood is a modified version of the stock A3 Sportback’s 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and 75-kilowatt electric motor that is integrated into the car’s six-speed automatic transmission. Audi calls the new motor-transmission hybrid e-S tronic.

Total system output is 204 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A United States-spec 2012 A3 with the base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes 200 hp and 207 lb-ft, so the plug-in e-tron won’t penalize drivers on the power front.


Audi A3 e-tron electric car

The A3 e-tron pilot program will take place in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Denver markets.

Audi A6 L e-tron electric hybrid concept.

Tthe A6 L e-tron can travel up to 50 miles on electricity alone, but only at a maximum speed of 37 mph.

Audi LMP1 e-tron diesel hybrid racer.

Audi LMP1 cars are powered by V-6 turbo-diesel engine on the rear axle, and an electric motor on the front axle.


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