Audi Australia will use only renewable energy from next year, as it looks to build its green credentials beyond the launch of the new E-Tron electric SUV.
The promise will be accredited through GreenPower, a program ensuring power providers feed the grid with the same amount of renewable energy as its home and business customers consume.
“The arrival of our first electric vehicle, the Audi e-tron, makes this the right time for us to make such a commitment; however this is not the end by any means, rather just the start,” said Paul Sansom, Audi Australia managing director.
“It’s the beginning of our journey in zero-emissions motoring, and we plan to build and develop our contribution in the years to come.”
The Audi E-Tron is built at a carbon-neutral factory in Brussels, Belgium, which the company claims is the first of its kind in the world of premium cars.
Audi’s first all-electric SUV goes head-to-head with the Mercedes-Benz EQC and Tesla Model X in Australia, and will soon battle the BMW iX3.
Along with a choice of conventional SUV or coupe-styled Sportback, the E-Tron will be offered with two separate powertrains dubbed 50 and 55.
Pricing kicks off at $137,700 before on-road costs for the e-tron 50 quattro, putting it directly head-to-head with the Mercedes EQC, and stretches to $159,600 before on-roads for the 55 First Edition.
The E-Tron Sportback with its sportier coupe-style roofline is priced from $148,700 before on-road costs for the e-tron 50 quattro and stretches to $169,950 before on-roads for the 55 First Edition.