Audi A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid sales start in Europe; 157 mpg US
31 July 2014
|A3 e-tron. Click to enlarge.|
Audi’s first plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron (earlier post), is now available to order for customers in Europe. Approximately 410 Audi dealers in Europe—including 105 in Germany—are selling the A3 e-tron. Pricing on the German market is €37,900 (US$50,800).
The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron brings together a 1.4 TFSI gasoline engine and an electric motor, giving the compact automobile a system output of 150 kW (204 hp). The A3 Sportback e-tron’s fuel consumption in accordance with the NEDC standard for plug-in hybrid vehicles is 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (157 mpg US), with CO2 emissions of 35 grams per kilometer (56.3 g/mi).
An individual installation check, the “e-tron plus” special package and “green” power from Audi in partnership with LichtBlick (earlier post) complete the offering for the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron. The compact electric car will be handed over to its first customers this winter.
Under electric power alone it has a range of 50 kilometers (31.1 mi), and more than 900 kilometers (559.2 mi) in combined mode. Audi is also offering leasing of €319 per month (US$427) with a term of 36 months.
|Key components of the A3 e-tron. Click to enlarge.|
Dealers are receiving special training in sales and service relating to electric vehicles. Between mid-July and the end of August, Audi is providing training to around 2,000 sales, service and used car employees from all over Europe at its Training Center next to Munich. In addition, some 300 German high-voltage technicians and service advisors from Audi will undertake a technical training course at the Service Training Center in Neckarsulm.
In future, every e-tron dealer will also have at least one charging station that e-tron customers can use, even after their purchase. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron can be charged quickly via a charging point at the dealership, within the public charging infrastructure or at the customer’s home.
For the latter option, Audi offers—in Germany—an individual installation service whereby a technician checks the electrics in the customer’s home, makes any adjustments that may be required and installs the charging dock, which is designed for safe, convenient charging.
To mark the start of the A3 Sportback e-tron, Audi has additionally put together the “e-tron plus” package. In Germany it includes the charging dock, a cable for public charging points, MMI navigation plus, Audi connect and phone box.
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