Audi A3 e-Tron News

We are tracking the latest news about the Audi e-tron. This is the spot to follow the progress of Audi's electric vehicle programs.

By Eric Loveday ·
June 08, 2012

Audi Cancels Two Plug-In Vehicle Projects

Audi has apparently pulled the plug on a couple of its pending plug-in vehicle projects. Specifically, Audi reportedly axed both the extended-range A1 e-tron and electric A2 due to concerns over high projected price tags for both vehicles.

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By John Gartner ·
January 07, 2011

Ford, Audi and GM Electrify Consumer Electronics Show

The big news from the big annual Las Vegas consumer electronics show is about the Ford Focus Electric. But Ford isn't alone. Audi announced plans to move forward with its plug-in cars, and G.M. is showing off its self-driving mobility machine.

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By Nick Chambers ·
October 28, 2010

Claiming Battery Breakthrough, Electric Audi Drives 375 Miles at 55 MPH Without Recharging

A start-up German battery company, DBM Energy, claims they have developed a battery breakthrough that allowed a converted Audi A2 to travel 375 miles without recharging while driving at 55 miles per hour on rolling and sometimes hilly terrain with the heat on in a vehicle that has full trunk space and room for 5 adults.

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By Nick Chambers ·
October 04, 2010

Audi Says Compact A1 Likely to Come to U.S., Raising Hopes For Electric Version Here Too

For U.S. fans of plug-in cars, the strong hint that the A1 could be making it stateside fuels the speculative flames that a plug-in version of the A1 will also eventually make it here.

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By Nick Chambers ·
October 01, 2010

Audi Takes R8 e-tron Supercar in New Direction: A Convertible Plug-in Diesel Hybrid

At the 2010 Paris Auto Show Audi took the wraps off of its latest design study to bear the e-tron badge: a convertible version of the R8 e-tron supercar that Audi unveiled last year. But in a bit of a split from the original concept, the e-tron Spyder, as it's called, has morphed from a four-motored all-electric vehicle into a diesel plug-in hybrid monster.

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By Nick Chambers ·
July 14, 2010

Electric Sports Cars Strut Their Stuff at European Eco-Rallies

Time-distance rallies—held over the course of several days—are a classic European tradition that has spread around the world. They are not meant to showcase pure speed, but, rather, consistency of driving at cruising speed. Each rally typically has several time trials. Given the nature of these rallies, they are a pretty good fit for electric cars—which deliver their best range when driven at a constant, lower speed. In this vein, so-called eco-rallies—filled with electric cars and other alternative fueled vehicles—have been popping up left and right around Europe and elsewhere.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 28, 2010

Five Canceled Electric Car Concepts: Lessons Learned

It’s easy enough for a car company to write up a press release, push an exciting electric-drive concept car to an auto show platform, and strike up the music. In the process, hopes are raised for a ground-breaking electric car—only to be dashed with the swipe of an auto executive’s hand. Takeaway: No matter what anybody says, be skeptical until you see a confirmed launch date and price—and multiple reviewers have taken a test drive of a production model, not a concept or test prototype.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 10, 2010

Audi A1 e-tron Wins First Ever "e-car-award" in Germany

At a ceremony on June 3rd, the Audi A1 e-tron was chosen as the best electric car after more than 36,000 votes were cast in Auto Test magazine's inaugural "e-car-awards." Although Audi hasn't announced any actual plans to put the car into production, they have hinted very strongly that it will eventually join the R8 e-tron in Audi's forthcoming electric car lineup.

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 08, 2010

Audi R8 e-tron Electric Supercar Spied Out in the Wild

Audi is preparing their R8 e-tron supercar for its impending launch in 2012 by road testing it in Germany. The R8 e-tron will be the first car in Audi's ever expanding e-tron plug-in lineup, which now includes a plug-in hybrid version of their A1. Audi is treating the R8 e-tron much as Tesla has treated their Roadster. They don't plan on producing more than 1,000 of them and they are primarily seen as a technology showcase — a way to get to the more mass-market plug-ins.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 17, 2010

A First Look at the Audi A2 E-tron

When the Audi A2 returns in 2013 after nearly a decade-long absence, several things will be different.

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