Audi A3 e-tron
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Audi A3 e-tron

Audi A3 e-tron
Jeff Curry, the head of Audi’s electric vehicle strategy in the U.S., brought one of the 17 A3 e-tron prototypes to Santa Monica this week for a few hours of driving. (David Undercoffler / Los Angeles Times)
Audi A3 e-tron
Sneak a look under the hood and you’ll notice the turbocharged four-cylinder gas or diesel motors have been replaced by an electric motor routing about 134 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque to the car’s front wheels. (David Undercoffler / Los Angeles Times)
Audi A3 e-tron
The motor is powered by a pair of lithium-ion batteries that pack about 26.5 kilowatt-hours’ worth of juice, and top-speed is about 90 mph. (Audi of America)
Audi A3 e-tron
Range on this e-tron is around 90 miles in optimal conditions, and Audi says this A3 would get about 102 miles per gallon equivalent (for comparison, Nissan’s Leaf gets 99 mpge, while Ford’s Focus EV is rated at 105 mpge). (Audi of America)
Audi A3 e-tron
As with many electric cars, the A3’s batteries are mounted low for optimal weight distribution. In order to keep the orientation of the traditional A3’s cabin intact, one battery is mounted in the center tunnel between the left and right passengers, and another battery is below the load floor in the trunk area. (David Undercoffler / Los Angeles Times)
Audi A3 e-tron
Thus, when you sit in the A3 e-tron, you notice almost no difference between its interior and the interior of the gas-powered model you can buy right now at your local dealer. The cabin’s construction and layout is as solid as any other Audi. Nothing about it would indicate this A3 is a hyper-limited prototype. (Audi of America)
Audi A3 e-tron
The instrument panel has been kept refreshingly simple. The only changes come in the form of the tachometer being replaced by a gauge showing how much power you’re drawing from the battery. Meanwhile, the trip computer has been revised to show real-time stats on range and battery life. (Audi of America)
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