Apr 11, 2011
Audi has officially launched the A3 e-tron concept version, an electric derivative of the current A3 Sportback, ready to offer 136 horsepower and a range of 140 kilometers.
Audi doesn’t want to lose ground in front of BMW in the segment of electric models after the Bavarians have announced the new “i” line. Today, the Ingolstadt car manufacturer has released the first images and technical details of the A3 e-tron Concept, the newest member of the electric models family.
The prototype is based on zero-emission standard of the A3 Sportback, but equipped with a fully electric drivetrain. Audi A3 e-tron Concept heart is an engine of 136 horsepower and 270 Nm of torque, connected to an automatic transmission one gear. Resources are submitted only the front axle and the compact model can propel from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.2 seconds.
Although the electric car totals only 65 kg, the total mass of the prototype is affected by the weight of the battery pack, located under the trunk and under rear seats. Lithium-ion support weighs 300 kg and reduce the size of the trunk that can swallow just 265 liters.
The new Audi A3 e-tron offers three different ways of driving: normal, efficient and dynamic. For those who choose dynamic function, autonomy is reduced. For those who choose the efficient mode, A3 e-tron provides the maximum autonomy of 140 kilometers.
The “full tank” of electricity can be done in nine hours, when using a conventional 230V outlet, and four hours when we talk about a 400V outlet.