Going Even Greener with the Audi A3 E-tron
posted on Aug 20 2013 by Jon Bardill
It's perhaps not surprising that some car manufacturers have seemingly been more committed to the development of electric cars than others. The viability of plug-in hybrid concept vehicles has improved in recent years, but even the most optimistic of the movers and shakers will admit that theres still some way to go before were all taking to the streets in our super-sleek, super-silent, super-charged motors.
While some car makers have been lurking in the shadows and doing very little in the way of research and development, the good people at Audi have been working their little socks off trying to push the boundaries ever further. Their latest offering, the Audi A3 e-tron, is scheduled for release in late 2013, and its already causing something of a stir among the greener motoring fraternity.
The e-tron first saw the light of day at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show back in March, and it caused a gentle stir, followed by a noticeable ripple and culminating in a rolling wave of interest among the great and the good. A number of vehicles have come and gone since the advent of the hybrid engine, each claiming to be the next chapter in the process, but there are people at Audi who genuinely feel this model is the future of motoring.
The Audi e-tron boasts some impressive stats, including:
- 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds
- 35g/km CO2 emissions
- 31-mile capacity in electric-only mode
- Combined electric/engine coverage of 620 miles
Thanks to their already impressive reputation in the development of greener engine technology, Audi know they only have to start talking about hybrids and the world will sit up and listen. And if the e-tron turns out to be as good as they are intimating (and why wouldnt it), late 2013 could see the beginning of a new era.
Something to gas about
At the Geneva showcase, the company also displayed the A3 g-tron, which combines a 1.4 TFSI petrol engine with a couple of gas tanks, each of which contains 7kg of gas. The car itself is lighter than other versions, enabling it to perform well on the stats front:
- Combined coverage of 807 miles
- 0-62mph in 11.0 seconds
- 30g/km CO2 emissions
The g-tron (the G stands for gas) uses a specially produced synthetic gas which, perhaps not surprisingly, is carbon neutral. As always, it seems that Audi have thought of everything.
Amid all the talk about greener this and energy-efficient that, its easy to forget that were still talking about a road car here. The e-tron, g-tron and any other something-tron they might produce in the future are based on the beautiful Audi A3, a model that has carried with it a certain wow factor for a number of years. The evolution of the A3 continues; its good to know that its in the hands of developers who have as keen an eye on the past as they do on the future.
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