Audi e-tron GT enters series production: Carbon-neutral production begins at the Böllinger Höfe
With 100 percent eco-electricity and heat from regenerative sources, production is net carbon-neutral. The resource-conserving vehicle production process also avoids paper and packaging, uses aluminum and polymer closed loops, and in a first for a new Audi model was planned without any physical prototypes at all.
Series production of the Audi e-tron GT, the brand’s most powerful electric vehicle is launching at the Neckarsulm site. The production process at the Audi Böllinger Höfe is every bit as unique as the car itself. No vehicle bearing the four rings has ever been readied for series production as quickly. “As the electric and sporty spearhead of the Audi product portfolio, the e-tron GT is also a perfect fit for the Neckarsulm site, especially for the Böllinger Höfe sports car production facility,” says plant manager Helmut Stettner. That series production could be started on time despite the corona pandemic is the result of pooled competences and outstanding teamwork.
The Neckarsulm site had already been a focus site for plug-in hybrids, boasting the highest density of electrified models at Audi with the plug-in and mild hybrid versions of the A6, A7 and A8.
With the Audi e-tron GT, we are producing the brand’s first fully electric car to be built at a German production site and are thus taking another giant step toward the future! - Adds Stettner.
It’s not just the Gran Turismo’s drive concept that is sustainable: The entire production process at the Böllinger Höfe is net carbon-neutral. In early 2020, the entire Neckarsulm site began using exclusively eco-electricity. A combined heat-and-power plant fired with biogas provides the heat required for production at the Bölllinger Höfe. Audi uses carbon credits from certified climate protection projects to offset emissions that currently cannot be avoided using renewable sources of energy.
On the path toward carbon-neutral production, Audi is taking a consistent approach and considering the entire value chain. Logistics is thus just as important as vehicle production itself. All of the rail traffic at the Neckarsulm site is climate neutral. A variety of locomotives with CNG (compressed natural gas) or electric drives are used for shunting between the trailer yard and the plant grounds. At the initiative of Audi experts, a key carrier also uses trucks powered with biomethane for the road transport of its shipments. And two trucks powered with LNG (liquefied natural gas) are already being used to deliver parts to the site over longer distances. Another is to be added to the fleet by the end of the year. Each of them reduces emissions of CO2 by up to 20 percent and nitrogen oxides by approximately 85 percent compared with conventional diesel trucks.
High quality, high performance and a passion for detail have always been distinctive features of the Böllinger Höfe. The Audi R8 has been built here since 2014. The sports car craft-scale production facility, which is part of the Audi Neckarsulm site, was expanded, upgraded and retooled in 2019 for the integration of the e-tron GT. The two most powerful and fastest series-production Audi models ever are manufactured here.
Integration of the fully electric, four-door coupe transformed our small-series production facility at Audi Böllinger Höfe into a highly flexible, high-tech production facility that nevertheless retains its craft-scale character.
Customers will be able to place their orders for the fully electric Gran Turismo shortly after the world premiere early next year.