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Audi is shaping the mobility of the future today. There is no shortage of challenges: urbanization, scarce resources, digitization and sustainability. The answer from Audi to current and future challenges is Audi tron. As a complement to the highly efficient Audi TDI and TFSI engines, Audi is taking pioneering electric drive systems, synthetic fuels and groundbreaking fuel cell technologies from the laboratory to the road. The goal: sustainable mobility perfectly tailored to the needs of our customers.

Recent Press Releases

  • 10/13/15

    Quick charging with 150 kW of power: Audi is actively involved in CharIN e.V. initiative

    Quick and easy charging on the road is a key prerequisite for a breakthrough in electric mobility. That is also why Audi is actively involved in the Charging Interface Initiative e.V. (CharIN). This promotes technical standards in the field of Combined Charging Systems (CCS). The next step is charging with 150 kW of power.
  • 10/09/15

    Power from gas: The new Audi A4 Avant g-tron

    Sporty, versatile and completely CO2-neutral, if desired: Scheduled to launch in late 2016, the A4 Avant g-tron* is yet another offer from Audi for the sustainable mobility of the future. It follows the A3 Sportback g-tron* as the brand’s second model to use natural gas or climate-friendly Audi e-gas.
  • 08/13/15

    Powerful battery in Audi electric car with cell modules from LG and Samsung

    Audi will develop the battery for a purely electrically powered sport utility vehicle on the basis of powerful cell modules from the South Korean suppliers LG Chem and Samsung SDI. The two Audi partners plan to invest in the cell technology in Europe and will supply the Ingolstadt-based car producer from their European plants. The new technology will give drivers of the Audi sport utility vehicle a range of more than 500 kilometers.
  • 07/15/15

    Audi e-gas plant stabilizes electrical grid

    July 15, 2015 – The Audi e gas plant in the city of Werlte in Lower Saxony produces CO2 neutral fuel, and it also contributes toward stabilizing the public power grid. After successfully completing a test sequence, the plant is now qualified for participating in what is known as the electricity balancing market.
  • 05/21/15

    Researchers produce first Audi “e-benzin”

    Audi logs another success in the development of sustainable, synthetic fuels: Collaboration partner Global Bioenergies has produced the first batch of Audi “e-benzin”.
  • 05/06/15

    Audi at the 36th Vienna Motor Symposium

    Audi is presenting pioneering drive technologies at the 36th Vienna Motor Symposium, which takes place on May 7 and 8, 2015. The focus is on two topics – the new 2.0 TFSI as the most efficient two-liter gasoline engine in its class, and plug-in hybrid drive in the Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro.
  • 04/21/15

    Fuel of the future: Research facility in Dresden produces first batch of Audi e-diesel

    Audi has taken another big step in the development of new, CO2 neutral fuels: A pilot plant in Dresden has started production of the synthetic fuel Audi e diesel.
  • 04/18/15

    Hands-on experience of the mobility of the future: Audi with new projects in “Electric Mobility Showcase”

    Audi is providing hands-on experience of sustainable future mobility and continuing its involvement in the German government’s “Electric Mobility Showcase” support program. From mid April, 40 of the Audi A3 Sportback e tron* will take to the roads in three different projects revolving around electric driving.
  • 04/16/15
    Audi MediaCenter

    Great class, minimal emissions – the new Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro

    The Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro marks the first time that Audi has combined a TFSI plug-in hybrid with quattro all-wheel drive. Audi developed it specially for Asian markets (China, Singapore and Japan). It is sporty, comfortable and at the same time supremely efficient. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in under six seconds while consuming just 2.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (94.1 US mpg) according to the measurement method specified in China for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV).
  • 04/16/15
    Audi MediaCenter

    The new Audi A6 L e-tron for China

    With the A6 L e-tron, Audi is taking an important step toward even greater fuel efficiency in China. The sedan has been developed specifically for the Chinese market. Its plug-in hybrid drive with 180 kW (245 hp) provides for powerful performance. The model consumes on average just 2.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (106.9 US mpg).
  • 03/02/15

    Great class, minimal emissions – the new Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro

    It accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in six seconds, and yet consumes not even two liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (117.6 US mpg). The Audi Q7 e-tron quattro is sporty, comfortable and at the same time highly efficient. The world’s first TDI plug in hybrid with quattro drive, it is also the first plug-in hybrid with a diesel engine from Audi.
  • 02/26/15
    Audi MediaCenter

    Audi presents the new R8: The sporty spearhead just got even sharper

    No model with the four rings is closer to motorsport, none is more striking and more dynamic: at the Geneva Motor Show, Audi is presenting the second generation of its high-performance R8 sports car. The V10 mid-engine and a newly developed quattro drive ensure breathtaking driving performance, especially in the top-of-the-range version with 449 kW (610 hp): achieving 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 3.2 seconds, its top speed is 330 km/h (205.1 mph).
  • 12/10/14

    Five stars for the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron from Euro NCAP

    The Euro NCAP consortium has awarded the new Audi A3 Sportback e tron* the maximum five star rating for crash safety. This puts the first volume production plug in hybrid from Audi among the safest cars in its class.
  • 11/19/14

    The Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro

    It covers over 500 kilometers (310.7 mi) on one tank of fuel – and its exhaust emits nothing more than a few drops of water: The A7 Sportback h tron quattro uses a powerful, sporty electric drive with a fuel cell as its energy source, in combination with a hybrid battery and an additional electric motor in the rear. Its drive configuration makes the emission-free Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro a quattro through and through, with 170 kilowatts of power at its disposal – a new departure in fuel cell cars. There is no mechanical connection between the front and rear axles. As an e quattro, the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro features fully electronic management of torque distribution.
  • 10/03/14

    eCar Award for Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

    Audi scores with its plug-in hybrid strategy. At the eCar Awards by Auto Bild and Auto Test magazines, Audi took first place with the A3 Sportback e-tron* and the TT offroad concept car.
  • 03/27/14

    Audi energy: Audi and LichtBlick offer green electricity

    As an accompaniment to the market launch of the A3 e tron*, Audi is offering customers in Germany green electricity – Audi energy. The cooperating partner is the Hamburg energy provider LichtBlick SE. With Audi energy, the A3 e tron is totally emission-free when operated electrically.
  • 02/13/14

    Audi A3 g-tron: Advance sales get the green light

    The Audi A3 g-tron is all set to hit the roads. Advance sales at dealerships in Germany will kick off on February 13. The basic price will be 25,900 euros. Using the Audi e-gas fuel card, customers can opt for Audi e-gas to power their A3 g-tron without impacting the environment if they wish.
  • 01/31/14

    Audi e-fuels pass the test in glass engine

    The development of Audi e-fuels has reached a new level. The synthetic fuels have now completed a test cycle in Ingolstadt in the pressure chamber and the glass engine – with clear results: Audi e-fuels often even perform better than their conventional counterparts.
  • 01/21/14

    Audi launches strategic partnership with Global Bioenergies

    Audi is launching a strategic partnership with Global Bioenergies. The carmaker will work with the French biotechnology company to promote the development of non-fossil fuels. In addition to the Audi e-gas and e-diesel projects, the research into e-gasoline is part of Audi’s persistent efforts to find alternative fuels.
  • 09/10/13

    The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

    The A3 Sportback e-tron from Audi is a latest-generation plug-in-hybrid car. The premium compact vehicle will go on sale from 2014 and is a genuine Audi. It combines sporty power with impressive efficiency and abundant driving enjoyment with unrestricted everyday utility. The A3 Sportback e-tron offers 150 kW (204 hp) of system power and achieves average consumption of only 1.5 liters per 100 kilometers (156.81 US mpg) of gasoline. In the electric mode its operating range is up to 50 kilometers (31.07 miles), with the TFSI engine adding a further 890 kilometers (553.02 miles).
  • 06/25/13

    World premiere: Audi opens power-to-gas facility

    Audi opens the e-gas plant in Werlte today making it the first automobile manufacturer to develop a chain of sustainable energy carriers. It begins with green electricity, water and carbon dioxide. The end products are hydrogen and the synthetic methane: Audi e-gas.
  • 05/27/13

    The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

    The A3 Sportback e-tron from Audi is a latest-generation plug-in-hybrid car. The premium compact vehicle will go on sale from 2014 and is a genuine Audi. It combines sporty power with impressive efficiency and abundant driving enjoyment with unrestricted everyday utility. The A3 Sportback e tron offers 150 kW (204 hp) of system power and achieves average consumption of only 1.5 liters per 100 km (156.81 US mpg) of gasoline. In the electric mode its operating range is up to 50 kilometers (31.07 miles), with the TFSI engine adding a further 890 km (553.02 miles).
  • 03/01/13

    The new Audi A3 Sportback g-tron

    Audi is taking a large step towards sustainable mobility with the A3 Sportback g-tron. The compact five-door car, due to make its debut at the end of the year, is powered by the CO2-neutral fuel Audi e-gas. The fuel will be produced in the power-to-gas plant in Werlte, Germany. This new car innovatively combines ecological balance, economy and high-tech solutions.
  • 01/25/13

    Complete Commitment to Renewable-Energy Revolution in Cars

    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.
  • 12/13/12

    Topping-out ceremony for the Audi e-gas plant

    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.
  • 10/16/12

    Idea platform for electric mobility

    The e performance research project has concluded after three years of work. Audi collaborated with Bosch and several institutes at the RWTH Aachen University to develop a technology platform that is a major advance for electric mobility. The platform’s modules can be used in a variety of electric-powered automobiles. One such vehicle is the sporty “e Sport” technology platform.
  • 05/09/12

    High-voltage battery technology at Audi: Core competence at the Ingolstadt site

    Research, development and testing for the lithium-ion battery: AUDI AG is setting new standards in the development of high-voltage (HV) technology. On the eve of its 123rd Annual General Meeting, the Company opened its high-voltage battery project house in Gaimersheim near Ingolstadt. In this competence center, Development, Production and partner companies are working together for the first time to construct a prototype for these special battery cells.
  • 10/12/11

    The universal charging system for electric vehicles jointly demonstrated by German vehicles manufactures for the first time

    The German vehicle manufactures Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, and Volkswagen are going to present the Combined Charging System at the 15th International VDI-Congress and Exhibition “Electronic Systems for Motor Vehicles” from 2011-10-12/13 for the first time. The Combined Charging System has been developed in close cooperation with the American vehicle manufacturers Ford and General Motors (GM). This universal charging system needs only a single charging interface at the vehicle allowing the customer to charge with all existing charging methods: one-phase AC-charging, fast three-phase AC-charging, DC-charging at home or ultra-fast DC-charging at public charging stations.
  • 04/08/11

    The Audi A3 e-tron technology platform – an all-rounder for everyday urban driving

    The Audi A3 e-tron technology platform is an all-rounder for everyday urban driving and offers a glimpse at possible production solutions. The compact model has a purely electric drive system. A powerful electric motor and a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery ensure agile performance and an impressive range.
  • 03/24/11

    The Audi e-tron quattro – the next-generation quattro

    Audi is developing the quattro drive of the future: the e-tron quattro. This concept from Audi combines the advantages of the proven quattro drive system with the potential of electric mobility. The plug-in hybrid with a combustion engine and two electric motors affords especially efficient operating modes and new possibilities in quattro driving dynamics. The new hybrid drive is currently undergoing testing in a winter environment on Swedish testing grounds.
  • 09/16/10

    Car manufacturers support integrated standard for a modular connector system for electric vehicle charging

    Car manufacturers Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen commonly support a modular connector system for electric vehicle charging. A globally integrated standard is to ensure that customers always have direct and easy access to the energy grid, independent of vehicle brand and supplier of electric energy. The company development directors have decided to conceptualize a modular connector system made from two parts: The core of the connector system has been submitted for standardization under the designation IEC 62196-2 Type 2 for single- up to three-phase charging with alternating current (AC). An extension for direct current (DC) is currently being developed.

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