Audi Presents 2014 A3 E-tron Plug-in Hybrid
February 22, 2013 1:22 PM
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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.
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2/23/2013 12:54:16 PM
Romney would make no difference. Natural gas is simply cheaper.
CCGT plants are 60% efficient, because they first work on the expansion of gas during combustion to drive a turbine and then use remaining heat for a steam turbine. Coal just generates heat so you can only do the latter, and is ~35% efficient.
So for raw fuel costs, you need 70% more energy with coal than natural gas. Aside from a short spike, coal has been steady at ~$3/MMBTU before and after Obama:
Natural gas has plummeted in price due to shale mining advancements:
Natural gas needs to almost double in price before coal becomes economically attractive again, even if we subscribed to your apparent policy of completely ignoring pollution.
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