Audi Brussels began production of the first fully electric SUV from the brand with the four rings in fall 2018. Series production of the Audi e-tron Sportback began in early 2020. Furthermore, the plant in Brussels is the first volume production in the premium segment worldwide to be certified as CO2-neutral by independent assessors.
Audi Brussels compensates for all emissions that occur during production and at the location. This takes place predominantly through renewable energy but also through environmental projects. Three main pillars form the foundation of the Belgian site. The first pillar is the switch to green electricity. That happened at the site back in 2012. Audi Brussels also boasts the region’s largest photovoltaic system. The second pillar is the use of renewable energies to generate heat at the site. These two pillars meet roughly 95 percent of the energy demand with renewable energy sources. The company uses carbon credit projects (third pillar) to offset other emissions that currently cannot be avoided using renewable sources of energy. The CO2-neutral Audi Brussels plant is thus the ideal production location for the brand’s first electric cars.
Audi has established numerous competencies in the company for the Audi e-tron and has developed both the battery technology and the drive itself. The employees have planned and implemented many of the steps in the production process. Since summer 2016, the plant has comprehensively remodeled the body shop, paint shop and assembly shop step by step and has established its own battery manufacturing facility. Altogether, the employees in Brussels received more than 200,000 hours of training for the first fully electric Audi.
Audi Brussels started offering factory tours in June 2010. Approximately 15,000 visitors per year experienced production of the Audi A1 up close. Visitors and customers have been able to take a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback since 2019. Audi Brussels is actively involved in the dialogue with international, national and regional authorities.