• Audi unveils its first all-electric, the e-tron A3 hatchback

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    Audi has been wading in electric waters before, and has finally decided to swim deep with its first all-electric vehicle, the A3 e-tron. The German automakers have ripped the gas-drunk interiors of the entry level hatchback, giving it a touch of green with an electric motor. The motor powers the front wheels of this four ringed four-wheeler, with the battery packs resting in the middle and read of the car. With an output of t 100 kW (just over 130 horsepower) and 199 pound-feet of torque, the e-tron A3 uses 26.5 kWh lithium-ion batteries. Travelling up to 90 miles on a single charge, the car boasts a top speed of 90 mph. To charge this one up, plugging it into a standard 110-volt outlet takes up to 11 hours, and using a 400-volt rapid charger takes just about four hours.

    To add to the green side of this car, Audi has also included a new gauge cluster, a low-consumption HVAC system and a heated windshield. We’re eager to have this piece of electric German engineering hit the asphalt.

    Posted in Topics:Transport, Tags: , on April 11, 2011