Audi 20 electric models in range in 2025, stop to thermal engines from 2026

In the third appointment of the Audi Media Days, the brand with the four rings illustrated part of its strategy to achieve total sustainability included in the Vorsprung 2030 plan: 20 electric models in the range by 2025, up to total neutrality from CO2 emissions from production sites for 2050

Audi accelerates its transition to electric mobility, but that’s not all. The energy revolution undertaken by the Ingolstadt-based premium brand, included in the Vorsprung 2030 plan, is based on zero emissions in its fleet from 2033 and total carbon neutrality in its production sites by 2050. In other words, Audi wants to go further virtuous cars in terms of emissions, to create an entire sustainable eco-system that ranges from suppliers to logistics. Leading technology, from autonomous driving to the artificial intelligence system designed to monitor the sustainability of the supply chain, which includes plastic recycling activities, filters for microplastics and promotion activities on renewable sources, to be expanded throughout Europe. Finally, Audi announced innovative sustainable and modular charging hubs, created by reusing remanufactured automotive batteries.

Audi Vorsprung 2030, le auto

In the Audi Media Days the leaders of the house reiterated the desire to gradually abandon combustion cars (including hybrids) starting from 2026, when each new model will be zero-emission. The operation is expected to be completed by 2033, when the range will be entirely 100% electric. The first piece of the project is represented by the goal of having 20 electric models on sale from 2025, to plan the gradual abandonment of thermal models. Audi, however, will not be insensitive to market trends, declaring itself ready to correct its strategies according to the needs of its customers.

Impianti carbon neutral

One of the pillars of Audi’s ecological revolution is the goal of making the entire production process sustainable. An obligatory step for a company that believes in electric mobility, considering that today the production of an Ev car negatively affects emissions much more than a thermal one. The phenomenon, as is known, is attributable to lithium-ion batteries, the production of which involves a high energy expenditure to the point that, in the future, it will represent about a quarter of all emissions associated with each car of the four rings. 2025 will also be a crucial year in this respect, given the target of 30% reduction in emissions compared to 2015. To achieve it, the carbon neutral conversion of all plants will be decisive, as already happened at the Audi factories in Brussels and Győr. . “The efficient management of resources is crucial for the decarbonisation of the supply chain,” says Marco Philippi, Audi AG’s Director for Purchasing. “This is why we focus on sectors where production is particularly ‘energy-intensive’ or requires large quantities of material”. The use of clean energy, in particular, has been an integral part of supply agreements with battery manufacturers since 2018. The set of initiatives undertaken, called the Audi CO2 Program, aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.2 tonnes for each car by 2025. In 2020 alone, by acting on the supply chain, Audi managed to avoid emissions in the atmosphere of 335 thousand tons of CO2, with an improvement of 35 thousand tons compared to 2019. In parallel, the German company intends to halve water consumption by 2035 and promote the expansion of renewable sources in Europe to prevent energy produced from fossil sources arrives.

Audi charging hub for fast charging

As is well known, in various countries (including Italy) electric cars are spreading faster than charging infrastructures. Audi’s solution is represented by charging hubs, bookable by users, equipped with a lounge area for waiting. The Audi charging station is equipped with a series of columns, a low-flow power line and an energy storage system in lithium-ion batteries that are no longer usable in vehicles. These are accumulators which, instead of being sent for recycling, are destined for static reuse, allowing the management of peak phases in demand thanks to three modules with a total capacity of 2.45 MWh. With six stations with power up to 300 kW, the Audi hub is powered by a simple 400 Volt network and each storage module receives 11 kW of energy. Among the strengths of the Audi Charging Hubs is the fact that they can operate using a power supply line with a limited range, as well as the fact that they can be transported, installed and made operational in a short time, regardless of the capacity of the local network. and without requiring structural interventions. Refueling an Audi electric model will require, according to the company, a stop just over a coffee break. To make waiting a premium experience, the lounge area on the top floor of the hub provides various forms of entertainment. The first Audi charging hub will be inaugurated in the autumn, in Nuremberg.

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