Audi A3 e-tron pilot program to be launched in the U.S.

Today, at the annual TED Conference, Audi has announced details of its A3 e-tron pilot program in the U.S., which will take place throughout the year in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Denver.

Based on the popular Audi A3 Sportback currently available in the U.S., the zero driving emissions Audi A3 e-tron relies on a fully electric powertrain, fed by a 26 kw lithium-ion battery allowing a range of around 145 km kilometres (90 miles). Output is a respectable 270 Nm (199 lb/ft) of torque, which is enough to provide a 145 km/h (90 mph) top speed.

Speaking at TED2012 in California, Johan de Nysschen, the Audi of America President said, “Audi is committed to refining Audi e-tron technology and we expect our plug-in vehicles to become a significant choice for our buyers within a growing line of advanced, efficient Audi powertrains over the coming years. With the program Audi engineers and technical experts will explore EVs in a real world setting and monitor how e-tron technology operates in everyday scenarios.”

[Source: Audi]

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