E-tron GT first German-built EV Audi
Carbon-neutral assembly at Böllinger Höfe
The Audi e-tron GT has entered production at the automaker’s special Böllinger Höfe plant, making it the first fully-electric Audi to be built in Germany and also the first to be built with an entirely carbon-neutral manufacturing process.
Audi’s plant in Neckarsulm was already home to plug-in hybrids like those variants of the Audi A6, A7, and A8, but early this year, as the plant was switched over for the e-tron GT, it became net carbon-neutral and began using entirely eco-generated electricity. That power includes a heat and power plant fired with biogas as well as purchasing carbon credits to offset emissions that couldn’t be handled with renewables.
The Audi e-tron GT is an electric sedan that shares much of its underpinnings with the Porsche Taycan, especially that car’s 800V architecture. The RS version of the car is set to get three electric motors and 700 hp. Audi calls the GT the brand’s most powerful EV, and it looks to be their most powerful vehicle overall, even against the R8 that’s built at the same plant.
While production has now started, we’re not yet sure when it will hit the road. Audi has said previously that the RS version would arrive in the summer, so we’d expect deliveries of the standard car to start in the next couple of months.
Instead of more GT details, Audi focused on the green plant, down to scrap materials and even their rail transport. No physical prototypes were used to plan production, as a start. Locomotives on factory grounds are powered by compressed natural gas or electric power and one of its key auto carriers is using biomethane to transport the cars on the road. When it comes to used materials, Audi has a closed look to recycle every scrap of waste aluminum and even recycles plastic waste into fibres that can be used for 3D printing at the plant.