The production and sales of Audi automobiles have been increasing for many years now. In 2013, the company delivered over 1.57 million vehicles. With success, however, comes greater responsibility – to customers, the environment and natural resources. Audi is meeting this challenge by improving fuel economy further and developing new technologies in the areas of drive systems and fuels. The primary goal is to reduce CO₂ emissions drastically.
Audi e-gas project
The Audi e-gas project makes an important contribution towards CO2-neutral mobility. It involves generating synthetic methane in a power-to-gas plant, which serves as fuel for the first natural gas powered Audi model, the A3 Sportback g-tron. Along with its potential for CO₂-neutral operation and low fuel costs, this technology offers other benefits as well.
Synthetic fuels: Audi e-fuels
Audi is developing renewable forms of energy – which are known as Audi e-fuels – because they can make a large contribution towards CO2 neutrality. For this, Audi is playing a part in the development and production of third-generation renewable fuels, which do not compete with the production of food or animal feed.
Audi ultra – versatile marvel of fuel economy
The term “Audi ultra” refers to the most efficient vehicle model in each model series. Currently, Audi offers over 20 ultra models with gasoline and diesel engines in the A3, A4, A5, A6, A7 and TT model series. With average fuel consumption figures of 3.2 to 4.9 liters per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 85 to 122 grams per kilometer, the ultra models from Audi are among the most efficient cars of their respective classes – without compromising driving dynamics or comfort.
New types of ideas for forward-thinking vehicles: in the Audi e-tron, Audi is rethinking and reinterpreting its Vorsprung durch Technik. In 2014, the first vehicle with a plug-in hybrid drive went into production – the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron.
The overall picture – the environmental footprint
Audi utilizes the instrument of life cycle assessment in its efforts to reduce a vehicle’s environmental impact. Here, all phases of the life cycle are analyzed and evaluated – development and production, recycling and the most important factor: the operating phase.
Vision of future mobility
Early in the production phase, Audi puts high value on sustainability and efficiency without neglecting to consider the vehicle’s total life cycle. Audi is approaching its vision of future mobility with the latest technology and innovative drive types as well as comprehensive vehicle safety and ride comfort.