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Audi Shows its A3 e-tron Prototype

Audi is expanding their e-tron lineup of electric technology with their next-generation prototypes. Before they begin to hit the road in the next few years, we're now being given an even clearer preview of what to expect with the future A3 e-tron. The car feature a straightforward electric drive system consisting of an electric motor that drives the front wheels and produces a total of 134 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque.

This allows the car to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 11.2 seconds (contain the laughter) and has a top speed of 90 mph (let the laughter begin). However, the car has an 87 mile range on a single charge of its 26.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. Charging time for the battery will take roughly nine hours using a regular household power outlet or about four hours when using a special 400 volt rapid charger. The exterior of the A3 e-tron looks identical to the regular gasoline and diesel cars.

However, the prototype receives a new instrument cluster, Alcantara trim, a heated windshield, and a lower power consumption air conditioning unit. Audi hasn't announced an official production date, but the automaker's first expected all-electric e-tron car will be the R8 e-tron. It's expected to go on sale in the U.S. sometime in 2013.

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