German carmaker Audi managed to develop the new A3 E-Tron prototype. As most of you already know, almost all battery-electric vehicles have only a single-speed transmission. In this case paddle shifters are completely unnecessary. Audi unveiled a lot of interesting EV concepts like the A1 E-Tron, R8 E-Tron and also the e-bike Worthersee. Last on their list we have the Audi A3 E-Tron prototype. The model features huge graphics, red accents on the alloy wheels, different badges and California CARB access sticker on the rear quarter panels. Under the hood it hides a specially made electric motor and a pair of lithium-ion battery packs. This is capable of developing 134 horsepower and 199 lb. ft. of torque. Inside the batteries hide 26.5 kW-hours of energy. This enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 10.0 seconds and it offers a 90 miles range without using fuel at all.
The power train of the Battery Electric Vehicle is fitted into the chassis without compromising the passenger compartment. The specialists managed to hide the batteries in the center tunnel and below the load floor in the trunk. The model is capable of accelerating reaching a top speed of 100 mph. The braking system was reconfigured with an energy recovery system. After the fuel economy, torque is one of the selling highlights of electric propulsion. The model is available with several driving modes: Efficient, Normal and Sport. The carmaker plans to introduce the 3rd generation A3 on the North American market in 2014. We hope they will offer both gasoline and diesel-powered models, but also its first Audi A3 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. This is all folks, for now, but do not go very far as 2014 is getting closer.
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