Everything is about to change.
With Audi heavily embroiled in the whole Dieselgate saga, and still paying for it even now, the German brand is wanting to ensure it has no such future troubles. To future-proof the brand, it's preparing a fully electrified onslaught of vehicles, including production EVs in the form of the e-tron GT and e-tron SUV. But the carmaker has now set an official goal for its green mobility, with the brand eyeing to cut down carbon dioxide emissions substantially in the next five years.
But how much do they intend on cutting back? Well, as one of the first brands to commit to the Paris Climate Agreement, Audi has set itself the ambitious target of cutting back CO2 emissions by 30% by the year 2025 compared to the levels achieved in 2015, cutting back on nearly a third of all vehicle emissions across the lineup in a ten year span. That's not all, though, as the brand has also claimed it will be fully carbon-neutral by the year 2050.
In order to achieve this goal, Audi plans to offer no fewer than 30 electrified vehicles by 2025, 20 of which will be purely electric - more than doubling its original plan of 12. Audi is predicting a big swing towards electric mobility, with the manufacturer estimating that 40% of total sales will be accounted for by EVs.
Audi hasn't given up on combustion completely, though. The brand will still be pursuing the development and enhancement of gasoline engines, but instead of relying solely on combustion, the remainder of the vehicle lineup will be filled with mild-hybrid powertrains utilizing 48-volt electric systems - the same systems as seen in the SQ7, and the same systems as used by rival manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz in the range of 53-badged vehicles.
In order to help achieve the 30% cut in CO2 emissions across the entire production process, Audi is focusing on its suppliers, too, hosting CO2 workshops with suppliers to agree on ways to cut down. There will be a greater focus on renewable resources and regenerative energies, as well as a greater push towards the use of recycled materials. The German brand is insisting on the use of green electricity in the production of battery cells as well, and even in-house, Audi has revised its construction methods to include the use of certified sustainable aluminum for the battery housings.
Along the way to a carbon-neutral future, Audi is investing heavily in alternative energy solutions, and will soon install the largest European solar-roof system on the roof of Audi Hungaria's two logistics centers. This system will boast an output of 12 megawatts and cover an area of approximately 1.7 million square feet.