Audi A3 e-tron hands-on (video)
It’s not often that we spend quality time with automobiles here at Engadget, but our motives are usually geared by electricity when we do. Take for instance, the Audi A3 e-tron concept above. This isn’t the first e-tron concept — if you’ll recall, the A1 and A2 EVs were recently cancelled — but back in November we learned that the German automaker planned to begin testing this all-electric plug-in in four regions within the US. It hopes to gain insight into how these cars will take to different climates and roadways in the country, while finding out how it will fit into drivers’ daily lives. Naturally, the goal is to have something ready for consumers, but Audi figures that it’s still about two years away from realization.
After being in the hands of folks within the company, it’s decided to let these prototypes loose in the hands of news media like ourselves (!) to show it off and see what outsiders think. As you’ve probably figured out, we definitely just took this four-door hatchback for a spin near Engadget HQ, and you’ll find out all about how it got us around the city in one piece — with us nearly draining the battery in Times Square in the process — after the break.
Gallery: Audi A3 e-tron hands-on
Gallery: Audi A3 e-tron press shots
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