Audi announced that its upcoming e-tron electric car will be built at the Brussels factory which was awarded the “CO2-neutral site” status by Belgian testing company Vinçotte. Audi said it achieved carbon-neutral status largely by using renewable energy, which reduced the plant’s emissions by 95 percent. The remaining 5 percent of carbon emissions are offset by environmental projects.
In 2012, Audi kicked off its green initiatives by installing solar panels on the factory’s roofs and the company now claims it has one of the largest photovoltaic solar arrays in the region. The plant also uses biogas for heating and it’s working to reduce water consumption and air pollution, and improve recycling at the facility.
When the production Audi e-tron eventually debuts, it will be a fully electric SUV ready contend with the very best on the market. There are no official specs for this EV SUV, but Audi has previously claimed that it will have two electric motors that combine to make 496 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Audi has also claimed a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds and a total electric range of around 311 miles. Audi also claims that the road-going e-tron will be able to charge at stations with up to 150 kW capacity. At that rate, it’s claimed it can charge most of its battery in just 30 minutes.
“Audi sets an important milestone for the company’s future with its first purely electrically powered model,” said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG. “In 2020 we will have three all-electric vehicles in our product range, with a four-door Gran Turismo – the production version of the Audi e-tron Sportback concept – and a model in the compact segment joining the sporty SUV. We will be launching more than 20 electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 2025 – spread across all segments and concepts”.