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Green lights: Audi at the 2021 Greentech Festival

By spotlighting how to develop cars for a more sustainable future, Audi is once again playing an active role at this year’s Greentech Festival, staged at the Berlin Kraftwerk events venue.

06.17.2021 Text: AUDI AG - Photo: Marc Bächtold Reading Time: 3 min

The new Audi Q4 Sportback 50 e-tron quattro at the Audi booth.
The new Audi Q4 Sportback 50 e-tron quattro is the main attraction of the carmaker’s booth at the Greentech Festival 2021.

Audi Q4 Sportback 50 e-tron quattro: Power consumption, combined*: 17.9–16.4 kWh/100km (NEDC); 20.9–17.5 kWh/100km (WLTP)CO₂ emissions, combined*: 0 g/km

European model shown. Specifications may vary. Stated specifications not applicable to all markets.

Audi Q4 Sportback 50 e-tron quattro: Power consumption, combined*: 17.9–16.4 kWh/100km (NEDC); 20.9–17.5 kWh/100km (WLTP)CO₂ emissions, combined*: 0 g/km

European model shown. Specifications may vary. Stated specifications not applicable to all markets.

Bannered “Celebrate change,” the GREENTECH FESTIVAL (GTF) is welcoming visitors to the Berlin Kraftwerk and neighboring Heeresbäckerei events venues from June 16 to 18, 2021. The three-day event is a showcase for ideas and technologies from diverse disciplines and corners of the world. 

 

AUDI AG has not only served as the festival’s founding partner since 2020, but also steps out as an active exhibitor, inviting visitors to experience change in person or by following the event digitally. This year, the concept behind the carmaker’s booth offers tangible evidence of how Audi is driving progress throughout a vehicle’s life cycle—from the supply chain through production and use phase right up to partial recycling. At every turn, visitors encounter examples not only of what Audi is already doing to optimize processes or on what procedures, materials and technologies the Four Rings are focusing, but also how important remaining open to cooperation is.

“We’re working hard to make carbon-neutral mobility a reality.”

Oliver Hoffmann, Member of the AUDI AG Board of Management for Technical Development

The charging station at the center of the Audi booth, which connects to the battery in the all-electric Audi Q4 e-tron, is a case in point. In collaboration with several energy industry partners, Audi aims to build new wind and solar parks in mainland Europe by 2025. Together, they are expected to generate around five terawatt hours of additional electricity from renewable sources. The fruits of the carmaker’s collaboration with German utilities company RWE, a solar park in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, is the first to get underway.

Audi Q4 Sportback 50 e-tron quattro: Power consumption, combined*: 17.9–16.4 kWh/100km (NEDC); 20.9–17.5 kWh/100km (WLTP)CO₂ emissions, combined*: 0 g/km

Stated specifications not applicable to all markets.

Audi Q4 Sportback 50 e-tron quattro: Power consumption, combined*: 17.9–16.4 kWh/100km (NEDC); 20.9–17.5 kWh/100km (WLTP)CO₂ emissions, combined*: 0 g/km

Stated specifications not applicable to all markets.

“Technology is the means to a more sustainable future.”

Henrik Wenders, Head of Brand at AUDI AG

By way of a pilot project, Audi is also demonstrating at GTF how artificial intelligence (AI) is helping to get ahead of highly complex global supply chain challenges. Since October 2020, intelligent algorithms have been analyzing online reports from public media and social networks about suppliers. Also on show in Berlin are the results of research into the chemical recycling of automotive plastics that was conducted together with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The project aims to prove that recycling mixed plastic waste is technically feasible. Pyrolyzing such waste produces an oil that can be used as a raw material for manufacturing high-quality plastic components, including airbag covers and radiator grilles—which is exactly what visitors can see taking shape with the help of the 3D printer in the Audi booth. 

 

As was the case last year, the Audi Environmental Foundation is likewise making its presence felt at the 2021 Greentech Festival by highlighting projects it sponsors. One such initiative not only removes plastic waste from bodies of water, but also helps prevent microplastics and other contaminants from entering the water cycle in the first place. In turn, the Audi Denkwerkstatt—an innovation unit at AUDI AG in Berlin—has developed the Ecomove app. Going forward, the app is designed to help users calculate, understand and, ideally, reduce the individual’s carbon footprint resulting from whatever modes of transport they use. This information—together with a user’s personal mobility score—is a playful way of motivating people to choose more sustainable mobility. 

 

Visitors to the Audi booth at the Greentech Festival can also see for themselves that the Four Rings’ initiatives and ideas are bringing about genuine change. At various points in the booth, so-called impact walls detail how each step can help reduce CO₂ emissions. 

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The GREENTECH FESTIVAL is being held in Berlin for the third time. In order to adhere to hygiene and social distancing regulations, the festival is once again being staged as a hybrid live and virtual event. The three-day festival will be rounded out with numerous discussion panels and deep-dive sessions, which have been specially designed for online attendees. These presentations on selected initiatives and projects that advance sustainability and environmental protection will also be available online after the event, provided users register on the festival website. On Friday, June 18, the GREEN AWARDS recognizing disruptive ideas and innovations to fight climate change will be conferred.

The rear of the Audi Q4 Sportback 50 e-tron quattro.
A head-turner: the rear lighting design of the new Audi Q4 Sportback 50 e-tron quattro.

Audi Q4 Sportback 50 e-tron quattro: Power consumption, combined*: 17.9–16.4 kWh/100km (NEDC); 20.9–17.5 kWh/100km (WLTP)CO₂ emissions, combined*: 0 g/km

European model shown. Specifications may vary. Stated specifications not applicable to all markets.

Audi Q4 Sportback 50 e-tron quattro: Power consumption, combined*: 17.9–16.4 kWh/100km (NEDC); 20.9–17.5 kWh/100km (WLTP)CO₂ emissions, combined*: 0 g/km

European model shown. Specifications may vary. Stated specifications not applicable to all markets.

The Audi Q4 e-tron charging at a charging station.

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Audi Q4 e-tron: Power consumption, combined*: 18.2–15.8 kWh/100km (NEDC); 21.3–17.0 kWh/100km (WLTP)CO₂ emissions, combined*: 0 g/km

Stated specifications not applicable to all markets.
Refer to your owner’s manual and EV charger manual for proper use. Consult with a qualified electrician regarding charger installation and always adhere to local building codes.

Audi Q4 e-tron: Power consumption, combined*: 18.2–15.8 kWh/100km (NEDC); 21.3–17.0 kWh/100km (WLTP)CO₂ emissions, combined*: 0 g/km

Stated specifications not applicable to all markets.
Refer to your owner’s manual and EV charger manual for proper use. Consult with a qualified electrician regarding charger installation and always adhere to local building codes.