Audi has released a new video in which they visually explain how the e-tron technology works in the recently introduced A3 Sportback e-tron. By the amount of videos and press releases published lately, you can tell how important the A3 e-tron is for Audi and now a short clip graphically detailing how the plug-in hybrid system works has been released.
Even though the model was revealed in production guise in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show, only now customers can actually place an order for the frugal five-door A3 Sportback. The plug-in hybrid combines a 1.4 TFSI conventional turbocharged gasoline engine with an electric motor. The regular engine produces 150 PS (110 kW) while the electric motor provides an additional 102 PS (75 kW).
Combining the forces of these two, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron offers a more than decent 204 PS (150 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) sent to the front axle via a 6-spee e-S tronic dual-clutch gearbox. This hardware arrangement grants a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) run in 7.6 seconds before hitting a top speed of 138 mph (222 km/h).
More importantly, the vehicle has an average fuel consumption of only 1.5 liters / 100 km (156.8 mpg US or 188.3 mpg UK) with 35 g/km of CO2 emissions. It can be driven solely on electric power for as much as 31 miles (50 km) during which it reaches a top speed of 81 mph (130 km/h).