Audi e-tron is now the Q8 e-tron
Big changes for 2023 model year
The Audi Q8 e-tron – the model that was the Audi e-tron last year – is a certified carbon-neutral vehicle and a big part of that is the plant where it is built. The Audi plant in Belgium has been carbon-neutral since 2018, and the company says it is the first certified carbon-neutral mass production plant building premium cars.
Some of the steps Audi has taken at the plant include a 107,000-square-meter photovoltaic system. The solar array generates 9,000 MWh of electricity per year, enough to charge 90,000 Q8 e-tron vehicles and save 1,881 tons of CO2. The plant has been using green power since 2012.
Audi has also pushed plant suppliers to green energy. The battery cells are produced by companies using renewable energy and the electric motors for the vehicles are transported from Hungary using green energy freight methods. Audi says using rail for the 1,300 km transport route cuts 2,600 tons of carbon emissions per year.
The Q8 e-tron itself sees upgrades for the new year that help improve its efficiency. The electric SUV has more battery capacity as well as more range. Refined aerodynamics and new motors help improve the vehicle’s efficiency and boost power and torque.