We’ve already seen the Audi A1 e-tron, and now, Audi is releasing another all-electric A3 e-tron prototype. But unlike the Audi A1 e-tron, the A3 e-tron is pure electric. The Audi A3 e-tron borrowed the Audi A3 Sportback’s body shell to cover its electric platform.
The 3502-pound Audi A3 e-tron is equipped with an electric motor under the hood which delivers power to the front wheels. The motor is rated at 100 kW (130 horsepower) and 199 pound-feet of torque. It is powered by a 26.5 kWh lithium-ion battery providing a driving range up to 90 miles before a recharge. Performance wise, the all-electric Audi A3 e-tron can sprint from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds with a top speed reaching 90 mph.
The liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery packs weigh in at about 660 pounds, and it is mounted in the rear and along the center spine of the car. The lithium-ion battery packs can be rapidly fully charged with a 400-volt in less than four hours, but with a standard 110-volt outlet, it can take up to nine hours. One convenience is that the remote recharge management app and a few other functions can be controlled via iPhone.
Like most electric cars, the Audi A3 e-tron has three driving modes: the “dynamic” mode allows for maximum power from the engine and pushes more cool air from the air conditioning system, the “automatic” mode balances power usage to extend battery life, and while “efficient” mode keeps power at a minimum to 68 hp with a maximum speed of 68 mph. In addition, the Audi A3 e-tron has regenerative braking to allow energy recovery during braking.
It is expected the all-electric Audi A3 e-tron to hit the market somewhere in 2013 to compete with the BMW ActiveE 1 Series.