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Audi is reportedly preparing to release its all-electric e-tron drivetrain in an A3-based platform, possibly within the next couple of years or so.
The entry-level hatch is to get 130 horsepower, and 199 lb-ft torque from its under-hood electric motor. Juice is supplied via mid- and rear-mounted li-ion battery packs adding up to 26.5 kWh total.
The front-wheel-drive car should be good for 0-60 MPH in 11 seconds, with a top speed of 90 MPH. While performance is only moderate, a 400-volt charger could replenish the batteries in a fairly quick four hours or less. Charging from a standard 110-volt outlet could take nine hours.
The Audi A3 e-tron is expected to have a low-consumption HVAC system, a new gauge cluster and heated windshield.
When exactly Audi intends to put it on the market is in question. Its top-of-the-range, R8-based e-tron is slated to go on sale in late 2012, and the Euro e-car market is heating up with BMW’s pending ActiveE competitors. The ActiveE 1 Series would be a likely match-up against the Audi A3 e-tron.