• Dec 1st 2010 at 5:31PM
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Audi is rolling out a new solar program for its fledgling fleet of eTron electric vehicles. The German manufacturer is planning to expand the solar panel system at its facility in Ingolstadt so that the electric vehicle's batteries may be charged using clean, renewable energy from the sun. Audi says that by the end of the year, it hopes to cover some 80,730 square feet of the plant's roof with new photovoltaic panels. By the end of the project, Audi says it will have nearly 205,000 square feet of its German manufacturing facility's roof covered with the solar cells. The company says that the new installation alone should produce enough electricity to power 180 homes.

Audi plans to only use about one third of the electricity produced by its solar system directly at the plant, with the juice going to both charge the company's eTron vehicles and assist in the manufacture of other products. The rest of the energy will likely be fed back into the surrounding power grid. Hit the jump for the full press release.

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AUDI AG: Solar energy for the e-tron

* Photovoltaic equipment to be extended at Ingolstadt production plant
* New electric car charging stations use green electricity
* Audi Plant Manager Peter Kössler: "We aim to set the standards in every area"

Audi is to use solar energy for future mobility: at the Company's main plant in Ingolstadt, Audi e-tron models will in future have their batteries charged with current obtained directly from photovoltaic equipment on the plant site. The Company is greatly extending its solar energy capacity: by the end of the year additional photovoltaic modules will have been installed on a 7,500 square meter area of the new Audi A3 body construction building's roof.

"This concept shows that Audi is tackling the topic of electromobility systematically," said Plant Manager Peter Kössler. The photovoltaic installation uses innovative thin-layer modules that satisfy the most stringent environmental protection, efficiency and flexibility standards. "We aim to set the standards in every area," added Kössler.

Audi is again extending its cooperation with Green City Energy: in 2009 this Munich-based company installed photovoltaic modules on an area of 11,600 square meters at the Ingolstadt plant. Audi has now made an additional 7,500 square meters of roof area available on the Audi A3 body construction building, with a peak output rating of 500 kilowatts. Approximately 460 MWh of electricity can be obtained from this new installation, enough to satisfy the annual needs of around 180 households. The extension increases the total annual output from all the plant's installations of this type to about 1,500 MWh, of which approximately one third is used directly where it is generated.

This is the first time that solar energy generated on site has been used directly in Audi's electricity network. As well as the new battery charging stations for electric cars, other production facilities will also use this green electricity. By reducing transmission losses, consumption at the generating point makes a worthwhile contribution to energy generation according to climate-friendly principles.
Audi also makes use of solar energy at its second German production plant in Neckarsulm. The photovoltaic installation there is located on the roofs of several garage parking facilities, and generates more than 1,000 MWh of electrical energy annually.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      They should be pushing for warp.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll say it again. The following are quotes from Audi just over a year ago about EVs:
      "They’re for the intellectual elite who want to show what enlightened souls they are"
      "the public has been hoodwinked into believing that EVs are the only answer to global warming"
      "Mass electrification of cars, he argued, would result in a net increase in carbon dioxide emissions"

      Audi is pandering to the people in the first quote. They're making overpriced EVs in the hopes to get some snobs to buy them and pretend to be green.
      • 4 Years Ago
      .. you got something hanging out of your nose dude..

      • 4 Years Ago
      If every rooftop in every house, office building, retail building in the U.S. had solar panels, this country would be much cleaner, we would be contributing to lowering the green house gases in the world, and we would be independent from foreign countries for most of our energy resources. Every car could be electric and range for most commuters would not be a problem if GE Wattstations and similar devices were available in most parking spaces.

      Before anyone says that this is not feasible, since it would require massive amounts of capital, stop and think. We are wasting billions on unnecessary wars, wasting massive amounts on defense (we do not need so many military bases, we do not need so many soldiers bases around the world, etc.). Raise taxes on corporations making above $2 million a year, raise taxes on the rich (the conservative theory of trickle down economics has been a massive failure), raise taxes on oil profits and use that money to subsidize companies that produce clean energy and charging stations.

      This can be done. Look at Europe, completely destroyed after WWII and look at how quickly the rebuilt. In fact, lets take a page from our own history, when the interstates were built from the ground up in the 50's during Eisenhower's administration. It's time to stop being selfish, be a patriot, and contribute to our country. I would not mind contributing an extra $50 on taxes per every $1,000 of income to get this done.

      Sadly, in order to get this done, 95% of congress would have to be voted out, they are too much in bed with multi-national corporations. We live in the age of greed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The electric call will evolve ..along with how we charge it ..the same way improvements have been made to an ICE..will this be more than this from Honda ,,


      I don't think the charger will get thrown in like floor mats ...
      The full costs of electric cars will be seen as more people try them and the tax credits go away..the same as will have to happen for solar hot water or electric panels
      addressing the charging with solar will help the 110 /208 charger power scenarios
      involved in most peoples garage
      • 4 Years Ago
      Technically, I don't think the sun is a source of renewable energy, seeing as how it will go dark in ~5 billion years.

      Just sayin'.
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