Slideshow: Plug-Ins Roll at Detroit Auto Show

Though plug-in introductions were down at this year's North American International Auto Show, hybrids and pure electrics still made their mark.

Charles Murray

February 5, 2014

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Slideshow: Plug-Ins Roll at Detroit Auto Show

Here, we offer a glimpse of some of the vehicles on display at the recent show, with a special focus on those that give consumers a chance to charge their vehicles personally. All but one of the cars on the following pages provide plug-in capability. The one that doesn't (from Virginia Tech University) gives an even more compelling peek at the automobile's future.

Click the Audi AG A3 Sportback e-tron below to start the slideshow.

Audi displayed the A3 Sportback e-tron in Detroit. This was the second time the vehicle was shown to US audiences. (It was introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.) The e-tron plug-in will use a parallel hybrid configuration backed by a 1.4-liter engine. The gasoline engine and the 100-HP electric motor will top out at 201 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque. Cost and other details are not available; the car won't hit the streets until 2015.
(Source: Audi AG)

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About the Author(s)

Charles Murray

Charles Murray is a former Design News editor and author of the book, Long Hard Road: The Lithium-Ion Battery and the Electric Car, published by Purdue University Press. He previously served as a DN editor from 1987 to 2000, then returned to the magazine as a senior editor in 2005. A former editor with Semiconductor International and later with EE Times, he has followed the auto industry’s adoption of electric vehicle technology since 1988 and has written extensively about embedded processing and medical electronics. He was a winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award for his story, “The Making of a Medical Miracle,” about implantable defibrillators. He is also the author of the book, The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1997. Murray’s electronics coverage has frequently appeared in the Chicago Tribune and in Popular Science. He holds a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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