Audi Announces Debut of A3 e-tron Electric Vehicle

By Michael Acampora on 28 February 2012
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Audi has announced its entry into the U.S. electric vehicle market with the launch of the A3 e-tron pilot program. 

The A3 e-tron is based on Audi’s compact A3 model, which is currently available in diesel and gasoline variants.

The A3 e-tron comes as part of Audi’s plan to move towards complete carbon-neutrality. The car features a fully electric powertrain with a 26kw lithium-ion battery, and zero emissions. The car has 199 pound-feet of torque, a battery range of nearly 90 miles, and a top speed of 90 mph.

The pilot program will be available to buyers in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Denver markets, as a way of gathering data (such as the effects of climate conditions, driving patterns, and energy performance) for Audi to base future electric cars on.

 

Audi joins BMW, which is piloting the ActiveE, as well as companies such as Nissan and Tesla, which offer electric vehicles in the U.S.