Earlier this year, Audi of America announced the launch of its special ‘Audi energy’ program, an initiative that looks to reduce the carbon footprint caused by producing, distributing and driving automobiles. The program offers three different ways to reduce the total amount of carbon emissions used to create and power a vehicle, thereby improving the electric car ownership experience.
The first carbon footprint reduction solution in Audi energy is the Level 2 charging station, which was developed along with Bosch Automotive for owners of the A3 Sportback e-tron. The station helps to safely and quickly convert a home outlet into a 240V car charging location and comes standard with all A3 e-trons, though buyers must pay for installation.
The automaker will also purchase carbon offset certificates in California and Africa in order to offset certain emissions released in A3 e-tron vehicle production. Audi says by investing in carbon reduction initiatives, it’s able to offset most of the greenhouse gas emissions that result from the A3 e-tron’s assembly. This includes the production of its batteries, shipping the vehicle to the Audi dealer and accounting for 50,000 miles of driving.
Finally, SunPower will provide a home solar power system for e-tron vehicle owners that comes with an all-new, more efficient energy storage solution. SunPower boasts the highest efficiency solar panels in the industry, which can be installed on or around A3 e-tron owner’s homes to help improve the energy efficiency of their electric car while also reducing energy costs. SunPower has a variety of lease, loan and financing options on offer, making the technology accessible to more e-tron buyers.
“The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron will offer drivers an eco-conscious vehicle ownership experience,” said General Manager of Audi Product Strategy and Launch, Wayne Killen. “Audi energy takes this to the next level with solutions that allow for sustainable fuel driving and a lower carbon footprint. We believe this will be one of the most comprehensive offerings in the industry today.”