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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 CharonPDX on 2/26/2013 2:47:12 AM , Rating: 2
Speak for your own area. Here in the Pacific Northwest, the majority of power comes from hydroelectric and wind.

And even if it was 100% "dirty" coal, a coal-fired power plant turning coal into electricity, transmitting that long distances to a car charging station, experiencing the conversion loss when charging the battery, then the efficiency of the electric drivetrain... Would still be cleaner than an equal-size-and-power car burning gasoline!

And when you improve the electricity generation infrastructure with cleaner electricity generation, that car gets even cleaner - without changing the car at all.

Just because you enjoy destroying the environment with coal doesn't mean that everyone else will forever.

Here's a study on that very thing:

Long story short: In areas that tend to have cleaner electricity, an EV is cleaner than even the cleanest hybrid. In areas that tend to have dirtier electricity, an EV is cleaner than the vast majority of all "efficient" conventional gas cars, although yes, a good hybrid may do better. (But, hey! Get a plug-in and you'll have your option of either. If you opt for cleaner electricity, you can get a cleaner car!)

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