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The Audi A3 Electric Goes Old To Take On BMW, Tesla

it comes to electric cars such futuristic vehicles as Motors’ Model S retain anachronistic affects of an earlier age. For instance, Model S can turn on a “creep” function a 17-inch touchscreen) that a gasoline-powered car’s tendency to forward when you lift foot off the brake.

But no one goes old like Audi when it to adding a side of fossil-fuel food to electric cars’ cuisine. When I got behind the of the Audi A3 e-tron prototype on I searched in vain for the on/off that typically starts cars and hybrids.

Instead there’s a physical key in the that you turn to fire up the battery pack. And don’t any high-tech touchscreens to get on your Captain Picard. We’re strictly analog here, the “fuel” gauges that range and battery capacity.

In words, the A3 e-tron pretty looks like the gasoline-version of the four-door hatchback that’s a among the art director eyeglass-wearing

But that doesn’t mean not innovation at work here. The A3 sports two Sanyo liquid-and-air-cooled packs, one under the trunk and the other in a T-shape under the compartment. That means the backs don’t take up space, unlike in the Ford Electric and Honda Fit EV, two other converted to electric drive from existing production

The A3 also boasts two paddles the steering wheel that let control the level of regenerative that adds charge to the The paddles essentially work gears, allowing the driver to de-acceleration.

I took a short drive the South of Market area in San in the A3 e-tron Wednesday morning. BMW’s ActiveE, a battery-powered 1 coupe prototype. the A3 e-tron the high-end handling of German-engineered sedan with the typically acceleration – and silence – of an electric train.

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Audi is cagey about the prototype will go into What the company has said is a plug-in electric version of the car go on sale in 2014.

In an e-mail, Curry, Audi of America’s of e-mobility, would only say “Future Audi models and such as the one for the A3 e-tron plug-in are being designed to incorporate a range of alternative power from the start.”

Timing – and and range – will be everything. year BMW is set to launch the i3, a purpose-built sedan with a range of 80 to 100 (Audi says the prototype A3 has a range of 87 miles.)

Expect the two German automakers to with affluent green-minded car but the bigger question is whether can steal them away if, as the Silicon Valley automaker out with a cheaper, A3-sized of the Model S sometime in the next of years.

The nascent electric car may be sputtering along right now but it soon get quite competitive.

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