Sustainable products

Audi employs a holistic approach in its development of sustainable products. In the process, we rely on a broad portfolio of alternative drive technologies to make mobility more environmentally compatible.
The Audi e-tron prototype

Electric mobility

The brand with the four rings is launching its electrification offensive with the world premiere of the Audi e-tron.  Electric mobility will thereby only become practical and sustainable when the electricity is sustainably generated.

Audi’s mission is to drive sustainability in its vehicles and services throughout the value chain. To achieve that, the brand with the four rings is committed to developing new drive technologies and, as part of its holistic approach to e-mobility, is also forging ahead with the further development of charging technologies and infrastructure. The system solution Audi is working on enables our customers to charge from the private and public infrastructure with renewable energy. To offer a comprehensive charging infrastructure, we have set up a joint venture with other car manufacturers: IONITIY GmbH supplies the main transport arteries in Europe with high-power charging (HPC) stations. Audi aims to build 400 charging stations along major transport arteries in Europe through its associated company IONITY GmbH by 2020. Around 40 fast-charging stations were in operation and numerous others were being built at the end of 2018. The stations enable a significant reduction in charging times compared to existing solutions. Moreover, Audi offers access to around 80 percent of all public charging stations in Europe with its new e-tron Charging Service at the time of the Audi e-tron’s market launch. That currently corresponds to a total of more than 72,000 charging points.

Renewable fuels

Renewable fuels

For some years now, Audi has been conducting research into climate-friendly, CO₂-based fuels – Audi e-fuels – such as e-gas and e-gasoline as well as e-diesel fuel, which is also manufactured synthetically. The Audi e-gas plant in Werlte (Germany) produces synthetic methane from water and CO₂. The amount of CO₂ emitted by the car is precisely the amount bound during production of the fuel. Audi uses biomethane from residual materials such as straw and green waste, in addition to the quantities of synthetic methane, to ensure Audi e-gas can be supplied comprehensively.

The Audi g-tron models can be powered by petroleum gas, organic and synthetic methane.

Audi is working with two project partner companies to plan a new pilot plant for the production of e-diesel in Laufenburg (Switzerland). In the power-to-liquid process, the plant transforms CO₂ and water into synthetic fuel.

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Audi e-diesel and Audi e-gas have the potential to power combustion engines almost carbon-neutrally.

Audi is also looking at services that go beyond the automobile as a product with the Audi Smart Energy Network project: Through a pilot project, the Company is demonstrating how the car, home and power supply can be intelligently linked.

Life cycle assessments

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Life cycle assessments

Besides reducing fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions, we also look at the entire value chain of our products and processes as part of our holistic approach. All phases of the life cycle are analyzed and evaluated – from the extraction of raw materials and manufacture of structural components to the use of the vehicles including the provision of fuel, and all the way to the end of the vehicle’s useful life. Our goal is to reduce the environmental impact of every new model compared with its predecessor.

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Electric mobility only works as a system
Electric mobility only works as a system

Talking Business 11/13/2018

Electric mobility only works as a system

How Audi is thinking beyond its first fully electric product, the Audi e-tron Dr. Stefan Niemand, responsible for electrification in the product line, in interview.

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