Audi has announced production of the A3 Sportback e-tron has increased to around 50 units per day. Assembly of the firm’s first plug-in hybrid model commenced back in September and at that moment they produced approximately 30 cars daily but now they are manufacturing around 50 cars and according to Board of Management member for Production Waltl there’s still room to increase capacity if demand will require.
It should be mentioned that Audi is producing the A3 Sportback e-tron in the same assembly line in Ingolstadt where they are putting together the regular A3 as there’s no need for separate manufacturing which would have increased the costs with production.
Audi says that by selling the A3 Sportback e-tron they are “launching the mobility of the future” as the compact five-door model mixes up a conventional four-cylinder 1.4 TFSI turbocharged combustion engine with a 75 kW electric motor. This hardware provides a combined output of 150 kW (204 PS) and the car offers an electric range of up to 50 km (31 miles) and a maximum 890 km (553 miles) when used as a plug-in hybrid.
In terms of performance, the A3 Sportback e-tron needs 7.6 seconds to cover the 0-96 km/h (0-96 mph) and can reach a maximum speed of 222 km/h (138 mph). When running in electric mode, the vehicle is able to hit a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph). Fuel consumption stands at just 1.5 liters / 100 km (156.8 mpg US / 188.3 mpg UK) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 35 g/km.