The brand with the four rings launched its electrification offensive to coincide with the world premiere of the
Audi e-tron. However, electric mobility is only meaningful and sustainable when the electricity has been sustainably produced.
Audi’s mission is to drive sustainability in its vehicles and services along the entire value chain. In this the Group is counting on the development of new drive technologies and, as part of its integrated approach to electric mobility, is also pressing ahead with the further development of charging technologies and the charging infrastructure. The range of systems that we are working on will enable our customers to charge their vehicles with renewable energy from private and public infrastructure. In order to offer a comprehensive charging infrastructure, we have established a joint venture along with other car manufacturers: IONITIY GmbH is providing the major highways in Europe with high-power, high-speed charging stations. More than 300 stations have already been installed along Europe’s major routes, and numerous other stations are under construction. The stations enable a significant reduction in charging times when compared to existing charging solutions. Furthermore, with our new e-tron charging service that coincided with the market launch of the Audi e-tron, we provide access to some 80% of all public charging stations in Europe. This currently corresponds to more than 72,000 charging points in total.
For several years now Audi has been researching environmentally friendly, CO₂-based fuels – the Audi e-fuels such as e-gas, e-gasoline and the diesel fuel, e-diesel, which is also synthetically produced. In the production of these fuels from water and carbon dioxide (CO₂), exactly the amount of CO₂ is bound as is emitted during combustion. The Audi e-gas plant in Werlte (northern Germany) produces hydrogen and synthetic methane that can be stored and transported in the natural gas network. This means green energy is accessible even at times when there is little wind energy, solar power or hydropower available.
Audi is therefore offering another drive option, in addition to the e-tron models, that is already enabling driving powered by sustainable energy.
What is the Audi e-gas project and how does the e-gas circuit work?
In cooperation with various project partners, Audi developed an innovative fuel, Audi e-gas, and back in 2013 brought on stream the world’s first industrial power-to-gas plant based in Werlte (Emsland, Lower Saxony) to produce it. Audi e-gas is synthetic methane and is generated from renewable energy, water, CO₂ and waste material. This makes it a synthetic, sustainable fuel that can be stored in the natural gas network and used in CNG vehicles such as our g-tron models. Today, all electricity-based synthetic fuels are manufactured based on the principle of the synthesis of renewably generated hydrogen and CO₂ that Audi converted into industrial practice for the first time in Werlte. Scientific studies prove that these e-fuels are an important key technology for achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.
In recent years Audi has driven forward groundbreaking developments in the field of e-fuels. You can find more information about these in the Audi Media Center via the following link.
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.
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