Electric Vehicle Fast Charger From Australia Makes It To Europe

An award-winning Australian-designed electric vehicle fast charger will make its European debut at the Intersolar 2014 conference in Munich this week, kicking off a new commercial deal for the technology .

Queensland EV systems manufacturer Tritium will unveil its groundbreaking Veefil fast charge technology at the huge solar conference as part of a collaboration with Shanghai-based electrics manufacturer, SSE, that will see the chargers produced at volume and distributed globally. Continue reading Electric Vehicle Fast Charger From Australia Makes It To Europe

Wait almost over: Audi A3 E-tron in Europe this year, US next year, and Australia later

News from across the pond: “Before the end of 2013, the Audi A3 E-tron will enter Audi’s production cycle, and will launch in Europe in late 2013 or early 2014. Then in mid-2014, the A3 E-tron makes it over to the US.

Following the US launch of the E-tron, the vehicle will make its way to Australia in preparation for sales there.

Car Advice is reporting that “Audi Australia has placed pricing submissions in with Germany to get the Audi A3 E-tron” into Australia in 2014.

Audi Australia’s managing director, Andrew Doyle,  isn’t yet sure of the timing of the Australian launch for the A3 E-tron, but says the delay shouldn’t be much behind the regular A3′s launch.

The A3 E-tron price is set around €38,000 ($49,000 USD) in most of Europe, but it will likely be more expensive in Australia in order to compete with the Holden Volt, which is priced at nearly $60,000 AUD. The Audi A3 E-tron will undercut the Holden Volt slightly.”

2014 Volkswagen Golf Plug-In Hybrid

Der neue Volkswagen Golf

VW has just revealed plans to unveil a plug-in-hybrid variant for the seventh-generation Golf next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The model will join the already packed Golf lineup that includes versions like GTI, GTD and the more powerful R.

Few details have been offered, but you should expect to see the same plug-in hybrid drivetrain recently shown in the Audi A3 e-tron. We are talking about the 1.4 TFSI engine with an output of 150 horsepower combined with an electric motor that generates a total of 75 kW (100 horsepower). The hybrid system will be combined with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.6 seconds.

The future Golf hybrid will be delivering an all-electric range of 50 kilometers (31 miles) when driven to speeds up to 80 mph.

Full details on the new Volkswagen Golf Plug-In Hybrid will be unveiled during its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

#Audi A3 #E-tron #PHEV #hybrid to enter production this year, ahead of schedule. Due Mid-2014

Back in March, Audi announced the A3 E-tron Sportback would go on sale in Europe some time in 2014, with the US to follow. Now, Audi says the A3 E-tron Sportback will reach volume production before the end of this year, becoming the first premium compact vehicle with plug-in hybrid technology.

Audi eTron A3

The Audi uses basically the same setup as the Volkswagen Golf Plug-in, but with all the luxury appointments that Audi has become known for. Powered by a 1.4litre engine, when used in conjunction with the electric drive unit, total system output power is 201 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque. Continue reading #Audi A3 #E-tron #PHEV #hybrid to enter production this year, ahead of schedule. Due Mid-2014