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2013 Audi A3 e-tron Plug-in Hybrid

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We're only a couple weeks out from the Geneva Motor Show, but that hasn't stopped Audi from slipping in a new addition to their series of world premieres: their new 2013 Audi A3 e-tron Plug-in Hybrid. Using Audi's popular and versatile hatchback as its base, this plug-in previewed at the TED 2012 Conference couples a 1.4-liter TFSI turbocharged gas engine that delivers 148hp to an electric motor that produces a 75kW (or 101hp) output into its newly designed six-speed e-S tronic trans down into the front wheels. Combined, this hybrid powerplant allows this A3 to reach 62mph in 7.6 seconds and a total 201hp while still reaching 156 mpg. The Sanyo lithium-ion battery itself weights 258 pounds and sits under the rear seats and takes 3 hours to charge on a normal household supply. However, drivers have the three different drive modes: only the gas engine, just the electric drive, or in hybrid mode. In other words, as Audi puts it, you're looking at a realistic glimpse into the future of mobility.

via: WCF