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The 2014 Audi A3 E-tron plug-in hybrid will launch in 2014, but will make an appearance at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show

Audi revealed its 2014 A3 E-tron, which is the automaker's entry into the plug-in hybrid market.

The 2014 Audi A3 E-tron plug-in hybrid features a 148-HP 1.4-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that offers 100 HP. It gets 188 MPG on the European cycle, and can run 31 miles on electric alone at speeds up to 80 MPH.

Audi also mentioned a new six-speed e-S tronic transmission, which transfers the power to the front wheels. The car can go from zero to 62 MPH in 7.6 seconds.

"The electrification of the drivetrain, above all using plug-in technology, will play a decisive role in the model strategy of (Audi)," said Audi in a statement. "This latest development is designed to give some insight into how the technology will take shape in the Audi models of the future."

The 2014 Audi A3 E-tron plug-in hybrid will launch in 2014, but will make an appearance at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.

Source: Edmunds

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RE: plug-in?
By MadMan007 on 2/23/2013 12:46:39 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, no, coal isn't the 'majority' although it does account for more MW-h than any other single fuel type. It is being replaced by natural gas as a generation fuel, and if the trend continues it will be passed by natural gas in MW-h per year within a few years. Nuclear remains steady, sadly, it would be nice if the US could get some modern nuclear reactors built.

Here's some data to check out:

RE: plug-in?
By tng on 2/23/2013 8:23:58 PM , Rating: 2
...coal isn't the 'majority' ...It is being replaced by natural gas as a generation fuel...
Which means that more "Fracking" will be needed to keep up with demand. Which means that we will trade the environmental problems with coal for a completely new type of environmental issue, and probably a worse one at that.

RE: plug-in?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/24/2013 7:33:14 PM , Rating: 2
I really don't see the upside in using natural gas for power generation. It's a natural non-renewable resource and thus would be better used for heating homes and appliances (stoves water heaters etc etc). Something we can't really do with coal.

It's 2013, seriously, it's embarrassing we're still burning things to generate power. Just make with the nuclear already for all's sake. And shoot down anyone who has a problem with it.

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