Audi is taking a large step towards sustainable future mobility with the A3 Sportback g-tron. The five-door premium compact model, which will appear on the market at the end of the year, runs on both the fossil fuel natural gas and on climate-friendly Audi e-gas, which Audi itself produces at a recently completed power-to-gas plant. It innovatively combines ecological balance, economy and high-tech solutions.
The Audi R18 e-tron quattro, the winner of the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans, follows a concept all of its own. The hybrid drive of the LMP1 prototype is designed for motor sport conditions – the most intensive test environment for production development.
The wheels of a dark green MAN-TGX truck tractor with semi-trailer very slowly start to move. It is just after nine p.m. and the sound of the 16.2-liter V8 engine fills the ice-cold air. In the days to come, this 680-horsepower engine must not only ensure the towing of nearly 150 metric tons. It also has to meet great expectations by helping pave a path to the mobility of tomorrow.
Audi will today celebrate its e-gas plant in Werlte, Germany with a topping-out ceremony. The brand with the four rings is the first carmaker to build a production plant for sustainable fuels. Its end products will be hydrogen and synthetic Audi e-gas, to be used as climate-friendly fuel for vehicles such as the new Audi A3 Sportback TCNG.
Further information about the official fuel consumption figures and official, specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the “Guide to fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electricity consumption of new cars,” which is available free of charge from all sales outlets and from DAT (Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH), Hellmuth-Hirth-Strasse 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, Germany (http://www.dat.de).