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Driving the VW e-up! and Audi A3 e-tron: Rationality in Motion

Group’s solution to the issue of dioxide emissions is exactly one would expect from a as engineering-oriented as VW is. Its plan is utterly and makes perfect sense for the consumer who buys and operates a car and for the company that builds Which could be just the why it might not pass muster various of the world’s environmental many of which think the only remedy for the release of dioxide in the atmosphere — they assert is responsible for climate change — is a switch from internal cars to pure electrics. the requirement by 10 states (Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Oregon, Rhode Island, and led by California, to mandate the sale of (read electric) vehicles or

The else in this case that those companies don’t comply will not be to sell automobiles in the states mentioned.

VW sees small of pure EVs

At the recent Frankfurt show (IAA), Volkswagen including Volkswagen brand engineer Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser, it abundantly clear that the future planning gives a role to electric-only vehicles, suggesting a much larger for various types of plug-in Each of the hybrids will both the ability to drive in mode for reasonable distances, offering owners the flexibility and limitless driving range of an car. One of the executives’ frequent was to this typical hybrid scenario: during the week the plugs the car in at home overnight, to her or his urban center job in all-electric the following day, recharges the car at work, and then commutes in EV mode. Each weekday all is emission-free.

When the weekend comes, the owner can venture to the mountains or the or on an extended bowling vacation feeling hemmed in by the limited of an electric-only vehicle, because all-electric range is exhausted the car has an combustion engine to power it.

fuel the internal combustion uses — gasoline, ethanol or natural gas — depend largely upon the in the nation in which the buyer but the vast majority of Volkswagens and will burn a fuel and emit some CO2. hardly makes them and the fuel of choice can make a difference. These days VW, a proponent of diesel, seems high on the benefits of suddenly natural gas, which far less carbon dioxide burned in an internal combustion

Driving e-up! and A3 Sportback

Which brings us to the twin of this double driving In one corner we have the Volkswagen a small pure-electric-drive vehicle the size of a Ford Fiesta or Fit. In the other corner we the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, a hybrid vehicle in the premium class.

It’s about the size as a Honda Civic, Cruze or BMW 1-Series. After behind the wheels of both we came away impressed not with the cars themselves but with the logic of VW’s to the issue of electrification.

Driving the VW is simplicity itself. Because of its upright profile and high position it is easy to get into and easy to see out of. Ensconced behind a steering wheel, one is confronted by a traditional instrument panel and a dash of unexpectedly glossy

With a turn of the ignition key another unexpected touch the e-up! is turned on and, the conventional console-mounted shift is moved to the D position, ready to Pressure on the accelerator pedal immediate and brisk acceleration and the you press the pedal the more you have. Its acceleration builds in a linear manner, while all you is wind and tire noise.

feels substantial

As we executed a long loop urban Frankfurt neighborhoods, we various aspects we have to expect from electric The e-up! feels heavy, not in the of being slow — it just fine — but in the of feeling substantial and having a low of gravity. It also offers the feel of low-rolling-resistance tires prioritize efficiency over comfort and road-holding.

As an urban there is nothing not to like. The is pleasant to drive, easy to and can accommodate two adults with and four adults with no pain. We expect the acceleration grow more leisurely four adults aboard, but in the of city driving who really

Range on a full charge is to about 75-100 miles, on temperature and how hard you hold the accelerator. Regenerative braking helps keep the battery and mitigates wear on the conventional Arriving at a full charge nine hours using 230-volt charging methods.

A3 offers distinct driving

After concluding our loop in the we transitioned almost immediately to the A3 e-tron, which is both a premium brand and a size than the e-up. Unlike the the e-tron offers push-button but pushing the button is more turning on a home entertainment than starting a car. The Audi-issue instrument panel up, but the engine remains unengaged.

We decided to begin our journey electric power alone, and we impressed that the A3 e-tron distinct driving modes, you to tailor vehicle response to the

In EV mode the e-tron gives priority to electric drive, the engine will kick in to the battery pack in a proper of charge. In Sporty S mode the and engine mapping gives to performance while lessening the on fuel economy and low emissions. Hold mode maintains energy in the battery pack at a level, so you can have maximum power for EV mode when you it. Using this mode you can top off battery power while on the using the gasoline engine and peak electrical power at beck-and-call when you get into the

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Range in EV mode is 31 miles, for significant amounts of urban

Ingenious melding of electric and power

We drove the A3 e-tron in all of its and we found it to be as satisfying to drive as a conventionally powered A3, and that’s praise since the A3 has long one of our favorites. One reason we like the A3 so much is its ingenious ability to gasoline and electric power. The TFSI (turbocharged) 4-cylinder delivers 150 peak horsepower and even torque from to 4,000 rpm. The flat curve is a key reason the hybrid works so well. Another is the engineering that integrates the motor in the 6-speed e-S tronic clutch transmission that the power to the front wheels.

The liquid-cooled electric motor, contributes 54 horsepower to the combination, the engine when needed, and the waits until the engine is at the speed as the electric motor engaging it. That means the are nearly seamless.

Audi went to great lengths to the A3 Sportback e-tron as light as Despite having topnotch and a handsome information/entertainment system, the 5-door weighs less 3,500 pounds, impressive its battery capacity. Through connect drivers can monitor and a broad range of functions via a

For instance, you can program the car to cool while still plugged in, electric-only range when you get

A3 e-tron maintains the utility of the A3

The 8.8 kWh battery pack and ancillary weigh in at 275 pounds, and the pack is under the rear bench A conventional 12-volt battery to low-voltage accessories and the 10.6-gallon tank are located over the axle. This means is little intrusion into space. The A3 e-tron offers 9.9 feet of luggage room the rear seats in place and a 39.6 cubic feet the rear seatbacks lowered. The is the A3 Sportback e-tron is as versatile as its powered doppelgangers, in addition to the fuel economy and environmental of its plug-in hybrid system.

Audi says the fuel rating using U.S. is expected to be 156.8 mpg.

We can the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron to go on in the United States in 2015 a European launch next Volkswagen, however, says it has no plans to market the e-up! in the States, though that change in light of zero-emission requirements in several states grow increasingly stringent in years.

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