Audi is apropos a provider of integrated, carbon-neutral reward mobility with a idea of holding a care purpose in a competition. To this end, a manufacturer is accelerating a foundation highway map and company-wide decarbonization. By 2025, a CO footprint of a automobile swift opposite a whole life cycle is to be reduced by 30 percent as compared to 2015. In a future, a lapse on investment as a executive financial control parameter will also uncover a CO2 opening of a 4 rings, with tolerable government assisting to boost it to some-more than 21 percent.
In a context of a Volkswagen Group’s unchanging concentration on electric mobility, a 4 rings are holding a targeted proceed to aligning their expostulate portfolio with a specific requirement profiles of reward customers. With a substantial apportionment of vast automobile segments, a analogous appetite mandate and visit use for long-distance journeys, Audi is relying on plug-in hybrid drives in serve to all-electric vehicles.
Modern reward business are increasingly fixation their concentration on tolerable mobility. It is therefore a unchanging step to make electric mobility one of a executive cornerstones of a new code strategy. Audi will haven 50 percent of a selling bill for topics relating to electric mobility in a future. The association aims to yield a business with a stronger romantic believe with a new expostulate type, diffuse any reservations and hint enthusiasm. The association podcast “The Future Is Electric,” that is now already on a second deteriorate and recently won a “World Media Award” in a “Automotive” category, is a successful instance of this approach. Audi also started a new section for a marketplace launch of a e-tron* during a commencement of 2019 with a walk-on meteorite during Munich Airport. Visitors had a event to casually believe a new indication and a Audi code on some-more than 20,000 exam drives.
The brand’s trade partners all over a universe are essential ambassadors of a new technology. In sequence to get their businesses prepared for a e-tron*, a dealers have already been installing a suitable charging infrastructure for many months. Audi has lerned some-more than 9,500 general dealership employees for a marketplace introduction of a Audi e-tron*. In sequence to safeguard best service, a code with a 4 rings is relying on innovative practical existence (VR) technology: Service technicians in some-more than 40 markets are regulating a privately grown VR training march to reconnoitre themselves with a sum of a high-voltage battery in a Audi e-tron*.
Aside from a product itself, experiencing a code is apropos increasingly critical for reward customers. This relates for electrified models in particular, as a ecosystem of a automobile plays a wilful purpose here. The association is therefore charity a business a Audi e-tron Charging Service. It provides entrance to around 80 percent of all charging stations in Europe—more than 110,000 open charging points in 20 EU countries that are operated by 220 providers. Whether AC or DC, 11 kW or 150 kW—a singular label is all business need to start a charging process. Billing is involuntary around a user account. With a new Plug Charge duty that will be expelled shortly, a Audi e-tron* authorizes itself during a charging depot around cryptographic processes automatically and activates it.
To assign their vehicles during home, Audi business can supply their homes and garages with “Volkswagen Naturstrom”, that is generated from 100% renewable appetite sources. If desired, a inner Audi use partner will send an electrician to check a appetite supply in a customer’s garage and implement a charging connection.
The discretionary charging complement connect, that can entirely assign a battery of a Audi e-tron* in customarily over 4 hours, provides intelligent functions in tie with a home appetite government system: The Audi e-tron* can be charged with a limit appetite accessible while holding a needs of other consumers in a domicile into care to equivocate overloading a appetite supply of a home. Customers can also conclude sold priorities, such as charging when electricity is reduction expensive. If a home is versed with a photovoltaic system, a automobile can be charged essentially regulating a electricity generated by a system, and a charging government even considers foresee phases of sunshine.
Cross-brand goal: a endless charging infrastructure
From a customer’s garage and a team-work with Ionity to a whole appetite grid: The Volkswagen Group founded a European approach stream quick charging network Ionity together with Audi and Porsche, BMW, Daimler and Ford in 2017. By 2020, there are to be 400 high-power charging (HPC) stations no serve than 120 kilometers (74.6 mi) detached in 25 countries. In serve to a impasse in a Ionity group, Audi is also carrying out initial indication tests of growth and partnerships for offerings with appetite groups and open concentration companies in sequence to offer BEV business a arguable and endless mobility offer with a supply of immature energy. Charging government that supports a inner network rather than overloading it is an critical member in Audi’s electric mobility ecosystem. Together with appetite suppliers and appetite use providers, a code is questioning a intensity of intelligent home networks and “smart grids” that will spin a e-tron* models into players on a margin of a appetite transition. An initial indication exam has already yielded earnest results, including with a perspective to a customer’s cost calculation.
Sustainability along a value chain
With a company-wide sustainability highway map, Audi has set itself a idea to constantly decarbonize a whole automobile life cycle, from a supply sequence and prolongation to a use and function of a Audi models.
Furthermore, Audi has a transparent goal to grasp company-wide CO neutrality on change by 2050.
The supply sequence plays a essential purpose in Audi’s sustainability highway map, generally when it comes to electric cars. The association is therefore heightening a efforts to enter into a dialog with a partners with a aim of jointly shortening a CO2 emissions along a whole value sequence considerably. At a finish of 2018, Audi launched a CO2 procedure in Procurement and has given carried out some-more than 30 CO2 workshops with suppliers. The initial formula uncover that a partners can revoke emissions in sold by shutting materials cycles and regulating immature electricity and a incomparable volume of delegate member and recyclates. Initially, a concentration is on tools that engage quite energy-intensive production. These include, for example, HV batteries and aluminum components. Audi is therefore already perfectionist that a battery dungeon suppliers use immature electricity in dungeon prolongation and has anchored this requirement in a specifications.
The reward carmaker is also campaigning for a tolerable diagnosis of aluminum. Audi was a initial automotive manufacturer to be awarded a “Performance Standard” certificate by a Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, that has total a endless sustainability standard, in October 2018. It certifies that a aluminum components of a battery housing in a Audi e-tron* are done and commissioned in suitability with a ASI sustainability requirements. Audi also intends to enter into targeted cooperations with partners who are also approved by a ASI. For example, aluminum manufacturer Hydro has already been provision sustainable, ASI-certified aluminum for a battery housing of a initial entirely electric Audi indication given July 2019. As of a finish of 2019, Hydro will supply customarily aluminum sheets that are approved by ASI for a Audi e-tron*.
In addition, Audi is shortening a CO2 emissions when regulating aluminum by reusing a member in suitability with a round economy principle. The association already introduced an “Aluminum Closed Loop” during a Neckarsulm plcae behind in 2017. The aluminum piece offcuts that are constructed in a press emporium are sent true behind to a supplier, who recycles them. Audi afterwards reuses these reprocessed aluminum sheets in a prolongation process. In doing so, Audi saved around 90,000 metric tons of CO2 in 2018 alone—30 percent some-more than a prior year. As of 2020, Audi will gradually hurl out a Aluminum Closed Loop in other plants.
In sequence to safeguard sustainability in a supply sequence with even larger efficiency, a code with a 4 rings already introduced a sustainability rating in 2017. It is used to consider either a retailer adheres to amicable and environmental standards. In serve to a self-disclosure, a rating can also perform an on-site check. Since July 2019, a sustainability rating (S rating) has also enclosed a correspondence check. The S rating has also been a imperative agreement endowment pattern given then. This means that suppliers will accept an sequence customarily if they verifiably accommodate specific social, environmental and correspondence standards. The rating will be rolled out in a whole Volkswagen Group.
Audi is also endangered in several initiatives, thereby campaigning for a refuge of tellurian and environmental rights in a supply sequence together with other partners. For example, Audi is a member of a Global Battery Alliance. It is endangered with a insurance of tellurian rights and amicable standards for a mining of tender materials for batteries and develops solutions for a reuse of lithium-ion batteries.
Audi also considers a carbon-neutral prolongation of electric cars to be an critical member of tolerable mobility. The Brussels plant plays a pioneering purpose here: It has already been carbon-neutral given a start of prolongation of a Audi e-tron*. This was achieved by converting to immature electricity, a step that a plcae already took in 2012, and by installing a largest photovoltaic complement in a region. The Audi plant in Brussels meets a heating mandate with certificates for biogas. Overall, a plant saves adult to 40,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year by regulating renewable sources of energy. The magnitude package is dull off by remuneration projects for emissions that can't nonetheless be avoided. The association is now rolling out this plan comprehensively: By 2025, all Audi plants are to be totally carbon-neutral.
Reuse and recycling of batteries
Audi and Volkswagen are already in a routine of building concepts for doing used high-voltage batteries. If a battery has mislaid a certain commission of a charging ability over a march of several years, it can still be used for a still application. Among a many accessible possibilities here, Audi is now contrast dual as partial of commander projects: use in forklift trucks and tractor units during a categorical plant in Ingolstadt and use of a batteries as still appetite storage on a campus in Berlin.
The initial proviso of a vital investigate cooperation, as partial of that Audi and Belgian recycling and materials record dilettante Umicore grown a sealed circuit for a elements of HV batteries, has already been completed. The aim is to deliver profitable materials such as cobalt and nickel and use them in new HV batteries.
Maximum flexibility: a prolongation of a electrified models
The code with a 4 rings entered a electric epoch with a start of prolongation of a Audi e-tron* in a Brussels plant. The tradition-steeped prolongation site was initial extensively modernized and is now one of a many complicated prolongation sites for electric models in Europe. The electric drives are granted by Audi’s possess engine prolongation plant in Győr, and a Brussels plcae has set adult a possess battery prolongation facility. Many practice from a prolongation of a e-tron* in Brussels are now being incorporated in a new BEV projects and a investiture of serve prolongation sites for electric vehicles.
For a prolongation of destiny electric models, Audi is relying on a high turn of coherence and profitable synergies within a Group: For example, a PPE height (Premium Platform Electric) for a vast electric cars was grown in team-work with Porsche. The aim is to furnish a PPE models during existent locations. The automobile judgment is formed on a standardised plant structures and can be eliminated to other factories quickly.
Audi is also relying on synergy effects for a smaller models on a basement of a MEB height (modular foundation platform): The prolongation indication of Audi Q4 e-tron copncept, an electric SUV in a A segment, will hurl off a public line during a Volkswagen plant in Zwickau, together with models from a VW and SEAT brands. Bundling a platforms in prolongation this approach enables a destiny large-volume electric models to be constructed in vast quantities and with good efficiency. The many critical tools of a MEB models are done in a Group’s member plants, especially in Kassel (drive modules), Salzgitter (electric engine parts) and Brunswick (batteries and cessation parts).
Preparations for a prolongation indication of Audi e-tron GT concept, that will hurl off a public line in a Böllinger Höfe nearby Neckarsulm together with a Audi R8 as of a finish of 2020, are also already underway. While a high-performance sports automobile with a explosion engine is still done primarily by hand, a electric Gran Turismo is to be done with a aloft grade of automation in a physique shop. Both models pass by a same assembly, that is now being stretched by 20 cycles to 36 cycles, as good as an beyond conveyor. Specific electric elements of a vehicle, such as a battery system, a expostulate or a thermal management, are prepared in special pre-assemblies and commissioned on a public line as a finished module.
The plug-in variety are constructed in a same locations as their particular product lines: For instance a Audi Q5 TFSI e* in San José Chiapa (Mexico) and a Audi A7 TFSI e* in Neckarsulm. Audi is now creation dual electrified models in inner prolongation in China: a A6 L e-tron and a Q2 L e-tron; a Audi e-tron will follow as of 2020.
With a flow: Bringing a employees along on a approach to e-mobility
Audi is also creation endless investments in electric mobility in a Human Resources area. The association is bringing serve experts on house while also expanding a inner imagination and removing a Audi employees prepared for this margin of a future. For example, a bill for serve preparation was increasing by customarily over one third, from EUR 60 million to 80 million per year.
Together with Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (Technical University of Ingolstadt, THI), Audi has designed a training march in electric mobility for powertrain developers. Audi engineers are expanding their believe in a margin of electric mobility in a THI auditorium. The aim is to raise their vital and technical skills. Specialists and preparation experts from a automotive manufacturer worked together with professors from THI and tailored a in-service gift privately to a company’s requirements. On-site events and self-learning phases swap over a duration of three-and-a-half months. The calendar for a Audi powertrain developers includes modules such as “electric motors and opening electronics” or “concepts of electrified vehicles and appetite storage.” The initial participants from powertrain growth finished a training during a commencement of 2017.
Audi is also creation a unchanging pierce toward electric mobility in a girl talent programs. For example, a association is constantly bettering a training to technological swell and building new pursuit profiles when necessary. The pursuit form “Qualified electrician with a concentration on complement and high-voltage technology) was introduced in 2014. Since then, roughly 700 immature group and women have started or finished this three-year tutelage during a locations in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm. After completing a apprenticeship, they customarily work in opposite areas of production, for instance in information analysis, or they request their skills in one of a Technical Development or Pre-Series Center workshops. The new gift “Qualified electrician for battery technology” was introduced in 2018. Here, a concentration is on a prolongation and peculiarity declaration of high-voltage batteries. No matter either it is an tutelage or serve training whose march is set for electric mobility: The general Audi locations are always on board, too, and a special training and growth offers are blending to country-specific facilities as necessary.
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Fuel expenditure of a models listed
(Fuel consumption, electricity expenditure and CO2 emissions total given in ranges count on wheels/tires and a selected apparatus level)
Audi e-tron 55 quattro: Electricity expenditure total in kWh/100 km: 26.2 – 22.6 (WLTP); 24.6 – 23.7 (NEDC); CO2 emissions total in g/km: 0
Audi A7 55 TFSI e quattro: Combined fuel expenditure in l/100 km: 2.1–1.9 (112.0–123.8 US mpg); Combined electrical expenditure in kWh/100 km: 18.1–17.5; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 48–44 (77.2–70.8 g/mi)
Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro: Combined fuel expenditure in l/100 km: 2.4–2.0 (98–117.6 US mpg); Combined electrical expenditure in kWh/100 km: 19.1–17.5; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 53–46 (85.3–74.0 g/mi)