At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Audi will bring the A3 e-tron, an electrified version if its popular hatchback. According to the official press release, the A3 e-tron is powered by a 1.4-liter TFSI engine delivering 150 hp (110 kW).
Moreover, the vehicle uses also an electric motor that produces 75 kW or 100 hp. 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 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 is capable to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds and has a top speed of 222 km/h (137.94 mph). The five-door model needs only 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).
Using just electricity, the A3 e-tron has a maximum range of 50 km (31.07 miles) and a top speed of 130 km/h (80.78 mph). What is more interesting is that the Audi A3 e-tron can be driven with just the combustion engine, just the electric drive or in hybrid mode.
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.