There has been a lot of talk in regards to the Audi E-Tron since the company first mentioned it back in 2009 and E-Tron has over time expanded into, not an individual vehicle, but a line of vehicles.
The vehicles which fall under the E-Tron line include the all electric A2 E-Tron concept, E-Tron Spyder concept, A6 L E-Tron PHEV, R18 E-Tron Quattro racecar, A3 Sportback E-Tron and of course the vehicle which started it all the R8 E-Tron.
As of recently two more vehicles have been added to the line and they are the A1 E-Tron plugin hybrid and the A5 E-Tron Quattro plug in hybrid. That is a slightly confusing mouthful. Come on! The E-Tron was SUPPOSED to be just one awesome car!
Anywho, despite the hefty line up of E-Tron vehicles; absolutely none of them(not one) has made it to the streets. They are all still concepts, excepting the R18 E-Tron Quattro race car. Funny. Is it not? Well, Audi intends to change that for 2014 as the company plans to make one of the vehicles available to the public. Finally.
The vehicle to be released is the A3 Sportback E-Tron, which will be launched soon. No date yet. We just know it’s “soon”. What we do know is the A3 will be powered by a 1.4 liter TFSI engine, which will transfer the power to the wheels via a 6 speed E-S Tronic transmission. The A3 has a power output of 204hp and 258lbf. This allows the vehicle to do 0-62mph in 7.6seconds and goes on to reach a top speed of 138mph,and 80 mph in all electric mode. On the electric side of things; it has a 8.8kwh battery pack which is able to produce a range of 31 miles on a full charge. The A3 can be charged from a regular 110volt power supply and should take about 3 hours and 45 minutes to receive a full charge.
We can all agree that it took Audi a very long time to release one of their E-Tron vehicles. Now was it worth the wait? That is yet to be found out. But soon young paddy ones. Soon…
+ Link: Audi.com