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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 FaaR on 2/23/2013 8:17:08 AM , Rating: 2
Even if (IF) the electricity is generated from coal - which is not true universally; the US != everywhere - a coal powerplant is far, far more efficient than an internal combustion engine, especially if waste heat from the powerplant is retained for heating hot water for taps and radiators in city buildings.

So yeah, a plugin hybrid run on coal-powered electricity may not be exactly green (hardly anything human beings do these days is), but it IS a lot green-er than regular vehicles.

...Anyway, what exactly are you railing against here? You don't like "green" tech? You don't like nature, trees, the environment, stuff like that, what? How far exactly do you think you'd get in a world where all the living green stuff didn't exist? This is a worthwile - and in fact vital - pursuit if human civilization is to exist more than a few hundred years more at most.

Jesus wept. The stupidity!


RE: plug-in?
By Reclaimer77 on 2/23/2013 9:47:53 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
...Anyway, what exactly are you railing against here? You don't like "green" tech? You don't like nature, trees, the environment, stuff like that, what? How far exactly do you think you'd get in a world where all the living green stuff didn't exist? This is a worthwile - and in fact vital - pursuit if human civilization is to exist more than a few hundred years more at most.


Straw man much? Yeah I'm sure he totally said those things. Can you be more dramatic?


RE: plug-in?
By Mint on 2/23/2013 1:07:43 PM , Rating: 2
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So yeah, a plugin hybrid run on coal-powered electricity may not be exactly green (hardly anything human beings do these days is), but it IS a lot green-er than regular vehicles.
If you go strictly by the numbers, it actually isn't, as a gas hybrid is surprisingly more efficient than coal. However, an EV recharged by coal is better for urban pollution, which is far more relevant than coal emissions in low population areas or GHG.

But it's a moot point anyway because EV/PHEV owners have an economic and time incentive to charge at night, when we have plenty of natural gas capacity sitting idle, and if there's any new baseload generation needed, it's done with CCGT anyway.

We won't be building any coal to take care of EV demand.


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