Monday, August 26, 2013

Audi A3 E-tron – A New Electric Car is to be Revealed in 2014 [video]

Audi Australia is said to reveal Audi A3 e-tron next year. With the launching of this new car, Australia will for the first time sell Audi’s hybrid model.
Audi Australia says, “We're proud the Audi A3 e-tron doesn't look like an electric car.” This vehicle runs on electric motor and turbo petrol engine. This is the perfect choice for the ones who desire to drive an electrically powered car and be the envy of the crowd. Audi A3 e-tron has a very sophisticated and shiny appearance but it is expected that it will look much like the A3 cars.
However, the engineering of the car suggests something else. Let’s see what is there under the skin of the car.
PLUG-IN HYBRID
This new car is of the plug-in hybrid variety and not the usual battery electric cars. It is quite dissimilar to the original A3 e-tron ones. In this new car, you will find a turbocharged gasoline engine which works with the aid of electric motor. Both of these together generate 204 horsepower. The setup of this car is pretty compact with electric transmission and motor side by side and the engine at the right side of engine bay.
Battery power is capable of being used up to 80 mph. Like in majority of the electric cars, hard braking depends on the friction brakes.

BATTERIES
The battery pack of A3 e-tron is made up of 96 lithium-ion cells manufactured by some external source. The other features of the battery is constructed and developed by Audi. The location of the battery doesn’t affect the trunk space. The new battery of the new car is much reduced in weight. The battery pack has sufficient rating to run 30 miles.
TECHNICAL HIGHLIGHTS
Viewing the details of e-tron, you can very well notice the expert engineering in the vehicle. There is a ‘hold mode’ and a ‘gliding mode’ in this car. The ‘hold mode’ ensures zero-emissions travel as and when required and the ‘gliding mode’ de-couples the transmission, motor and engine to have resistance-free rolling.
In addition to these two modes, there is also ‘charge mode’ in A3 e-tron. In this mode the car will run on only gasoline and simultaneously keep charging the battery. Hence, you can utilize the full capacity of the battery. This newly designed Audi A3 e-tron is also provided with a number of protective measures like sensor of oil quality, advanced cylinder liners and so on.
CHARGING ASSET
This feature of A3 e-tron has given new dimension to the concept of ‘smart charging’. Most of the electric vehicles provide a specific time for charging the vehicle. Likewise A3 also provide the same facility. Also, you can schedule a time when you wish to drive your car the next. This disturbs the charging process of the car. The battery is heated up with the heat of charge and ensures that the temperature is at optimal level.
This new Audi A3 e-tron will be debut in the USA in the coming year. Yes, you have got it right. It is going to be launched in the USA, though the launching date is not officially announced. You are expected to appreciate the hard effort made by Audi in improving the behavior and look of this car.