Sure, looking at it from the outside you’d never know this new Audi A3 E-tron prototype is an electric car, but that’s part of the point. Why do electric cars have to look different from their combustion engine counterparts? They don’t, and clearly not everyone wants to drive a car with the design of a Prius or Nissan Leaf. Tesla Motors is currently teaching the industry a thing or two about that with the new Model S, and now this small electric Audi A3 looks like, well, an Audi A3.
Under the hood, the electric Audi A3 has a liquid and air cooling system to help conserve the battery pack. Said battery pack is split between areas under the passenger area and under the trunk. This means that no trunk area is taken up with the battery pack, as is the case with some plug-ins and hybrids (including my Honda Civic Hybrid, although it does have plenty of trunk space). The Audi A3 E-tron gets 87 miles of range, and it can achieve an 80% charge in 30 minutes from a DC charger.
In case you were wondering, a plug-in version of the Audi A3 is expected to be released during 2014. At the moment, employees of Audi are testing the car in everyday life (see video below).