Audi A3 E-Tron Commercial Rocks (Video)

I’m not shy about criticizing electric car commercials — many are boring, too nerdy, and too focused on the green side of EVs. Very few have tried to capture the fun of EVs, which is indeed one of their greatest consumer benefits, and what I think will drive EV adoption to the mass market… that and the convenience of never (or almost never) having to visit a gas station, and waking up every (or almost every) morning to a “full tank.”

If you read my review of the Audi A3 e-tron, you know that I much prefer the driving experience of almost every fully electric car I’ve driven (including the Renault Zoe, Nissan LEAF, BMW i3, and of course Tesla Model S). But it’s still much more enjoyable to drive than a straight gasmobile.

In any case, though, to give people the experience of electric drive, you have to first attract them to the car, and that is typically done through commercials. This commercial below nails it because it quite effectively makes the A3 e-tron look sexy and fun, and also green (implied subtly via the various green neighborhood folk — a solar installer, a bike-riding young lady, a bumper-sticker-sticking Prius driver, and a backyard farmer — gawking at the A3 e-tron). Check it out:

Good one, eh?

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Tip of the hat to “cab” on the GM-Volt forum, who was of course lamenting the lame advertising of the Chevy Volt… which I’d venture to say is a better car than the A3 e-tron in almost every respect.


Zachary Shahan

is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to and click on the relevant buttons.