Comprehensive plan will help support 2015 launch of Audi A3 Sportback e-tron® plug-in hybrid

1. Audi will balance some greenhouse gas emissions from A3 e-tron production and distribution through 3Degrees® verified carbon offsets

2. Also with Audi energy: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions® for home charger installation and SunPower® for solar power systems and energy management solutions

Audi of America today announced the launch of Audi energy®, a comprehensive program designed to help improve the electric vehicle ownership experience and reduce the carbon footprint that comes with vehicle production, distribution and driving.

Audi energy will be available with the introduction of the first plug-in hybrid vehicle offered by the brand – the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, which is scheduled to debut at select dealerships in the U.S. during the second half of 2015. Through the Audi energy program, Audi will offer three unique opportunities to help improve sustainability and reduce carbon emissions:

  1. At-home Audi-designed Level 2 charging developed in conjunction with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions will be available for qualified owners of the A3 e-tron.

  2. Audi will purchase carbon offset certificates in California and Africa to offset certain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with A3 Sportback e-tron vehicles.

  3. SunPower will provide an optional home solar power system for Audi owners, especially A3 Sportback e-tron customers, including a newly developed home energy storage solution to capture additional solar energy.

In addition to offering the all-new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, which is expected to debut in the second half 2015 at participating dealerships in all 50 states, Audi will also offer the following as part of the Audi energy program:

Level 2 Audi charger. Standard. Through Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, Audi will offer qualified owners of the all-new A3 Sportback e-tron models premium installation services to help quickly and safely convert the owner’s residence to 240V power at the charging location of their choosing as well as installation of the Audi designed Level 2 charger for at-home recharging. The Audi-designed Level 2 charger will come standard with the purchase of an all-new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron. Installation costs will be extra.

Ultra-low carbon footprint. Standard.
A distinctive component of Audi energy is possible through an innovative arrangement with 3Degrees, a certified B Corporation and leading carbon offset and Renewable Energy Credit (REC) provider based in San Francisco with several U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency awards as Green Power Supplier of the Year. Investing in two types of carbon reduction programs, one in the U.S. and the other in Africa (in a United Nations REDD+ zone), Audi will offset most of the greenhouse gas emissions that result from the A3 Sportback e-tron vehicle’s final assembly, including battery production, shipping the vehicle to the Audi dealer, and 50,000 miles of driving. These emissions represent the majority of greenhouse gas emissions up through approximately the vehicle’s first 50,000 driven miles.

Residential solar and energy storage. Optional
Audi has reached an agreement with San Jose, Calif.-based SunPower to offer optional home solar power systems to Audi owners in all 50 states. Even including A3 e-tron customers. With the highest efficiency solar panels available in the industry today. As well as including the 21% efficient X-Series Solar Panel. That which consequently produces 75 percent more energy over 25 years than a conventional panel. That’s because SunPower rooftop solar systems can help customers enhance the energy efficiency of their A3 e-tron. Both at home and while lowering their electric utility costs.

Moreover you can lease, loan, and even cash programs are available for solar. That’s because of SunPower’s flexible financing options make renewable energy accessible. More noteworthy, even more accessible to Audi customers.

Additionally, Audi customers will be the first among SunPower’s automotive partners. Therefore to receive premier access to its energy storage solution. All available in early 2015. The SunPower storage system is designed to provide homeowners peace-of-mind and security that comes with knowing that during a power outage. So their solar system will continue producing energy. More importantly and customers will have access to stored energy. All for powering their homes and A3 e-tron.

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
In conclusion, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron combines sporty power with efficiency and a Level 2 charger. All consequently for an eco-conscious and hassle-free electric driving experience. Expected to go on sale at participating dealerships in all 50 states in the Fall of 2015. The A3 Sportback e-tron features multiple driving modes. Modes typical Audi’s do that give drivers wide flexibility in their EV and hybrid driving experience. Additionally, an innovative recuperation system harnesses brake kinetic energy. All as a result to go back into electricity for the drive battery. Finally in hybrid mode, its range will be comparable to conventional combustion engine vehicles. Final EPA mileage numbers will be announced closer to the sale date.

Sources: AUDI, BOSCH. SUNPOWER, 3DEGREES, HERNDON, Va., Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/

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