The Audi A3 E-tron was first introduced in 2011 as an all electric version of the Audi A3 production model. The A3 E-tron was powered by an electric motor powered by rear and mid mounted battery packs. It was a front wheel drive vehicle, and with a 26.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the all electric range was somewhere around 90 miles, likely around 70-75 miles in real driving conditions.
Audi deployed a fleet of 17 A3 E-tron electric vehicles in the US in mid-2012 as part of a testing program. In June of that same year, Audi announced it would be producing a plug-in hybrid version of the A3, and that vehicle was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013.
In May of 2013, Audi announced it wouldn’t be producing an all-electric A3 E-tron, but only the plug-in hybrid A3 E-tron.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013, Audi priced the A3 E-tron Sportback plug-in hybrid electric vehicle at 37,000 Euros, which is somewhere around $49,000 USD. It’s likely the North American pricing will be somewhere in the mid to high $30K range.
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