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Audi e-tron technology.

Answers for tomorrow's mobility

With every new solution comes a series of questions and challenges. What will tomorrow's mobility look like? Is CO2-neutral transportation possible in our world today? Audi e-tron technology offers an alternative drive, fuel and an integrated system solution – and a futuristic reinvention of the passenger car as we know it.

Here you can find answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What does Audi e-tron mean exactly?

Technologies of today – for the mobility of tomorrow.

Audi e-tron technology is the holistic answer to the challenges of future mobility. And the next step towards CO2-neutral mobility.

Audi e-tron stands for the consistent electrification of the drivetrain. Electrically operated vehicles in combination with low consumption engines achieve extremely high efficiency values and ranges. The A3 Sportback e-tron is the first premium compact car with plug-in hybrid drive for Australia.

Aren't efficiency and performance actually contradictory goals?

With success at Le Mans, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro proved what potential lies in alternative drive concepts. Click on the link on the left hand side to get more insight in our video.

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Are alternative drives just something for the city?

Not at Audi – unless the city is larger than 920 km in size.

Because that is the maximum range of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron in hybrid mode. In all-electric mode, the A3 Sportback e-tron can cover up to 50 km of all-electric driving – more than sufficient for most cities.

How do I recognise the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron?

By the futuristic design – of its drive concept.

Audi intentionally does not develop any vehicles to be futuristic in their exterior appearance, rather it builds upon existing models. What counts are the innovative technologies and drive systems. The Audi e-tron specific details only become apparent when the vehicle is examined carefully.

  • e-tron specific instrument cluster
  • e-tron specific single-frame radiator grille in chrome/matt black
  • e-tron specific bumpers with two accents in aluminium look on the covers of the air intakes
  • S line side sills
  • e-tron logo on the left/right wings and at the rear

How and where can I charge the A3 Sportback e-tron?

Practically anywhere that electricity flows.

With the standard Audi e-tron charging system, you can conveniently charge your Audi A3 Sportback e-tron at home or anywhere else with a suitable electricity supply. Or you can use one of the public charging stations in your vicinity.

Is a plug-in hybrid just as safe as a car with a conventional drive?

The answer is certainly yes.

Every Audi e-tron is developed to the same high safety standards as an Audi with a conventional drive system This includes an extensive safety concept consisting of the occupant cell, belt tensioners, airbags and side airbags as well as electronic safety assistants.

The supplemental components of the electric drive system do not represent an additional hazard. The battery, for example, is designed and integrated in the vehicle such that it is protected in a crash. In case of a crash, the battery is automatically disconnected from the vehicle electrical system, so that no electricity can be conducted into the car body.

How do the handling properties of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron differ from those of a normal Audi?


The primary difference: even more driving fun and dynamism.

The handling properties are impressive in comparison with a traditional drive system. Instead of having less driving pleasure in favour of efficiency, the additional electric drive system increases the drive dynamics. 150 kW of system output and 350 Nm of system torque, 7.6 seconds to reach 100 km/h and a top speed of 222 km/h help you get the picture.

Where can I purchase the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron?

The A3 Sportback e-tron is available to purchase from selected Audi Dealers across Australia.   

What are the highlights of Audi A3 Sportback e-tron design?

That it has already won a number of awards before its market launch.

The design of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is based on that of the conventional Audi A3 Sportback. Its silhouette and side windows has a taut and concentrated effect, while the defining element at the front is a distinctive, e-tron specific Singleframe radiator grille with bevelled upper corners. Large, finely accentuated wheel housings, slender C-pillars typical of the A3, and the restrained roof spoiler all highlight the vehicle's sporty character. The bumpers – also developed specifically for the e-tron – differ from those of the regular A3 Sportback as do a number of other details. In particular, the e-tron badges on the wings and at the rear make it easy to recognise it at a glance.

The design of the Audi A3 Sportback is not only popular; it also received the red dot award for product design in 2013. And on April 17, the Audi A3 range was awarded ‘World Car of the Year’ at the prestigious 2014 World Car Awards.

What makes Audi e-tron the solution for tomorrow's mobility?

Two engines for greater range, more performance and lower emissions.

A plug-in hybrid combines the advantages of an electric drive with those of a combustion engine, and thus offers the best of both worlds. As part of daily usage, you can drive up to 50 km in all-electric mode with the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron. If you want to cover a longer distance, the efficient TFSI engine comes into its own. The electric motor and TFSI engine can also combine their ouput to provide a boost function, delivering impressive performance dynamics.