Most car companies today have several hybrid or electric models for car buyers to choose from, but the automotive industry is abuzz with new energy program. The program, known as Audi Energy is focused on improving upon the existing electric energy models currently available. The improvements include an enhanced ownership experience and a reduced carbon footprint in the manufacturing process. These come with the release of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron for 2015.
What the Audi A3 Sportback E-tron offers
The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is a plug-in hybrid vehicle that is designed to be sustainable from its manufacturing processes and throughout the ownership experience. During the manufacturing and production process, any greenhouse gas emissions that are produced in the factory will be balanced by the 3Degrees verified carbon offsets. In addition, owners of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron can continue to enjoy sustainability at home through the Bosch Automotive Service Solution charging station and the optional SunPower solar panel system. These combined features include a home charging station that is installed in the vehicle owner’s home and an optional charging system that utilizes solar power to charge the vehicle. Audi anticipates having this vehicle available for sale in all 50 states by the third quarter of 2015.
The At-Home Charging Solution
All car buyers who purchase the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron will receive an at-home charging station with their purchase. This standard equipment enables the car owner to convert traditional home energy into the 240-volt electricity that the vehicle needs to run. This is a level two charger that provides rapid recharging of the vehicle from a convenient home location.
Offsetting Carbon Emissions
In an effort to be truly green, Audi has partnered with the San Francisco-based firm, 3Degrees. This firm specializes in Renewable Energy Certificates (REC), and it has won several awards from the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. It has two unique programs based in the United States and Africa, and these programs essentially are designed to offset greenhouse gas emissions from the final assembly stage and the production of the vehicle’s battery through to the first 50,000 miles of the car buyer’s time behind the wheel. Participation in this program is standard for all car buyers, and it provides owners of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron with peace of mind that they are purchasing a truly green vehicle.
Optional Home Solar Energy Panels and Premium Energy Storage
Environmentally savvy car buyers understand that the carbon footprint of a vehicle relates to all aspects of ownership and usage, and this includes the source of the energy that fuels the car. While an electrically powered vehicle may have a smaller carbon footprint than a gas-powered vehicle, the fact is that using electricity derived from solar power is a better option. All buyers of this Audi model will have the option to purchase a home solar power system from SunPower. This company is known for having the highest efficiency rating in its solar panels. In fact, the SunPower panels may produce up to 75 percent more power than a typical panel. These rooftop panels can also offset the owner’s home electricity bills. SunPower provides its customers with affordable lease and loan options. More than that, there is a storage feature available that ensures that the solar panel system will continue to function and to provide energy for the owner even in the event of an electrical power outage.
Other Innovative Features in the Audi A3 Sportback E-tron
The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is designed to provide the car owner with the sporty handling that Audi is known for, and it offers this driving experience in an electric vehicle without sacrificing on power and performance. It provides drivers with their choice of driving modes to control their ultimate driving experience. For example, drivers can choose to operate the vehicle entirely on electrical power, or they can switch to a hybrid mode. The vehicle has an enhanced braking system that uses kinetic energy from the braking motion to recharge the electric battery while the vehicle is in use. This is an innovative system that is enhanced over the kinetic energy recharging model found in many of the other electric vehicles on the market today.
The enhanced Audi energy system featured in the 2015 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is a system that Audi is proudly touting and that many environmentally-minded consumers are eagerly looking forward to. While there are many models of electric and hybrid vehicles on the market today, the new Audi and its sustainability program are designed to take the experience to a new level. The sustainability program covers both the manufacturing process and the ownership experience, and this means that it is a program that even the most environmentally conscious individuals can get behind. Audi plans to release more information about the vehicle within the next few months.