Vw’s owned carmaker Audi has released some of the details of the all-electric Audi A3 E-tron concept, a vehicle that will hit the market sometime in the near future.
The electric car is based on the 2011 Audi A3 Sportback. It’s distinguished however by a revised instrument cluster, leather and Alcantara seats, a heated windshield and an optimized air conditioning system.
The A3 E-tron packs an electric motor under the hood which sends power from the rear- and mid-mounted battery packs to the front wheels. Output is rated at 100 kW and 199 pound-feet of torque, with the 26.5 kWh lithium-ion batteries providing a range of around 90 miles. The trunk has a lower capacity than the standard model, limited to 265 liters capacity, while the weight of the battery pack is 300 kg, divided into 30 modules and equipped with liquid cooling. The total weight of the A3 E-Tron is 1592 kg.
Combined, this arrangement offers a driving range of around 140km and a 0-100km/h time of 11.2 seconds (compared to the 1.8 TFSI model’s 8.0 seconds).
A full recharge will take four hours with a specialized 400V rapid charger, or up to nine hours from a standard home power outlet.
However, the car-maker has not revealed plans as to when it will hit the markets. But reports say it is expected to launch some time after the Audi R8 e-tron though, which is planned for 2013.