Published on April 4th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro5
Audi A3 E-Tron Offered With Green Power In Germany
April 4th, 2014 by Christopher DeMorro
Some criticize electric cars as merely shifting pollution sources, but Audi A3 E-Tron buyers in Germany can get their power from 100% renewable resources. It’s thanks to a deal between Audi and Hamburg-based Lichtblick, which sources green power from all over Europe. It’s a chance to recharge the plug-in hybrid, guilt free… though, there’s still that pesky gas engine to feed.
The Audi A3 E-Tron Sportback pairs a 1.4 liter turbocharged gas engine with a hybrid drivetrain that delivers a combined output of 250 horsepower. Not bad for the little Sportback, which is said to be good for 157 MPGe on the European testing cycle, thanks to a 31-mile all-electric range. For most of us, driving such an efficient car would be enough green do-goodery, but others need to go a step further. Enter LichtBlick.
Germany has been a world leader in green power sources like solar and wind, and this water-generated power comes from dams in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. LichtBlick sources one-third of its energy from hydroelectric plants less than six-years old, meaning the newest and most efficient plants are providing the power. These efficient, green sources of energy can be used by Audi A3 E-Tron buyers to top off their plug-in hybrid, for a fee of about $12 per month, plus 37-cents per kilowatt of juice.
In other words, this green Audi gets even greener with this energy deal, though it’d be interesting to see the take numbers on such a plan. The shift in consciousness is happening…but I don’t think it’s there quite yet. Kudos to Audi all the same for thinking beyond the garage though.
If only their plans Millennial marketing team was this effective.
Drive an electric car? Complete one of our short surveys for our next electric car report.
Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.