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Audi to Debut A3 e-tron Electric Hybrid

Audi A3 electric hybrid will have three driving modes, including a 30 mile EV-mode range.

Published: 28-Feb-2013

Two weeks from now, the latest Audi A3 e-tron PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

The latest A3 e-tron is equipped with a 1.4 litre TFSI turbocharged gasoline engine that generates 148 HP, and an electric motor that generates 101 HP. It utilizes a newly designed e-S tronic six-speed transmission that transmits the mechanical power to the front wheels. The two motors in the propulsion system provide a combined 201 HP, and 350 Newton-metres, or 258.1 ft-lbs of torque. This propulsion system facilitates a 0 to 62 MPH (100 km/h) acceleration time of 7.6 seconds, and a maximum velocity of 138 MPH (222 km/h). Not too shabby performance numbers for a plug-in hybrid

Audi said that, according to the ECE standard for plug-in hybrid automobiles, this A3 e-tron consumes 1.5 litres of fuel per 100 km (156.8 MPG U.S or 188 MPG U.K). Its CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) emissions are 35 g/km, when the electric motor is in constant use.

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