Audi is giving residents of Munich, Stuttgart and Berlin the opportunity to experience the future of mobility by testing out their new A3 Sportback E-Tron as part of its ‘Electric Mobility Showcase’ program. The showcase kicked off in mid-April, when Audi Board member Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg presented 40 different vehicle testers with their own example of the A3 E-Tron, the automaker’s first ever production model with plug‑in hybrid drive.
According to the automaker, the goal of the electric mobility showcase is to analyze how the cars handle a variety of everyday situations while also receiving feedback from the users in regards to what is expected of the cars and how that compared with their actual experience. The cars will each serve a different testing purpose, addressing many of the main concerns consumers may have with electric cars.
The cars earmarked to be tested in Munich will be given to candidates who do not have access to their own charging point, thereby testing the accessibility of public charging points. The cars headed for Berlin will simple be used by commuters as they drive to and from work, and the cars in Stuttgart will be used at private households and for delivery services.
Audi says its Electric Mobility Showcase support program is the result of a partnership with the joint German government and the local automotive industry. Germany is hoping to become the lead market and leading provider of electric transportation and projects like the mobility showcase help the country take the steps necessary towards reaching their goal.