Published on April 4th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


Audi A3 E-Tron Offered With Green Power In Germany

April 4th, 2014 by  

Originally published on Gas2


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.

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  • Hamburg-based Lichtblick, which sources green power from all over Europe

    The rollout of renewable energy by the power companies is mired in red tape, FiT’s, limited investment, local opposition, fossil interests, etc. This deal will not speed up the installation of renewable energy and thus only leads to a redistribution of the available green energy. So Audi can not claim any offset from this.

    ” It’s a chance to recharge the plug-in hybrid, guilt free…”

    But I don’t think that it matters to anyone, as long as you are driving guilt free. Ignorance is bliss.

    The only thing I can think of that would have made a real difference is Audi having offered a special deal for a PV system for the buyers to put on their roof.

    • No way

      Totally agree.

    • Garais87

      another Audi hater…

      • Bob_Wallace

        Perhaps a hater of Audi BS….

    • fergee

      I can agree that their is only a certain amount of renewable energy to go round, this is due in no small part to the failure of the EU ETS and the very low price of CO2. However it is a market, and when Audi add to the market demand the price rises and the ROI on renewable investment falls. Therefore to meet demand more is installed etc. etc. This is the same with anything from the recent Playstation to actual A3 e-tron itself.

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