It seems as if Audi pulled out all the stops for its new e-tron SUV. Being that it’s the brand’s first-ever all-electric vehicle, and it comes at a time when EVs are extremely competitive, Audi needs the e-tron to be truly superb. Which is why it gets the absolute best tech possible from the four-ringed brand. Hence why the Audi e-tron is the first electric vehicle to get a certified sustainable aluminum battery tray.
That might not seem that significant, as it’s just a more efficiently made aluminum tray. However, it shows the lengths that Audi was willing to go to develop the new e-tron. Audi is also trying to show how efficient it can be, especially after the infamous diesel scandal.
“Audi stands for sustainability along the entire supply chain,” stated Bernd Martens, Member of the Board of Management for Procurement and IT. “The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative has created transparency with its new certification program.”
Audi is the first automobile manufacturer worldwide to receive a certificate from the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI). With the Performance Standard certification, the ASI confirms that Audi meets the ASI requirements for industrial users of aluminum and sustainable designs and manufactures the aluminum components of the battery housing of the Audi e-tron. For the assessment, independent third-party auditors carried out audits at the Audi plants in Gy?r, Neckarsulm and Brussels. As the next step, Audi intends to ensure the sustainability of these components also in its supply chain. To those ends, the company plans to work specifically with partners that are also certified by the ASI.
Audi has been involved in the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative since early 2013. In recent years, the initiative has developed und launched its global sustainability standards. They include environmental, social and governance criteria which apply to all stages of the process chain from the extraction of the raw material, bauxite, to processing and production and to recycling. The material stewardship criteria requires, for example, that a company deals with the material in a resource-conserving way, prepares holistic life-cycle analyses and takes into consideration suitability for later repair and recycling when designing its products.