As an accompaniment to the market launch of the A3 e tron plug-in hybrid (earlier post), Audi is offering customers in Germany green electricity: Audi energy. The cooperating partner is the Hamburg energy provider LichtBlick SE. With Audi energy, the A3 e tron is totally emission-free when operated electrically.
The power all comes from renewable energy sources and is generated exclusively at hydro-electric power stations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Audi A3 e‑tron can be recharged with Audi energy when parked at home. At the same time, the entire household is supplied with green electric power. Audi energy is currently available for a basic monthly fee of €8.95 (US$12.30) and €0.2676 (US$0.37) per kWh.
The origin and quality of the green electricity are certified by TÜV Nord. The “OK power” seal of quality also confirms the expansion of power generation from renewable sources: at least one-third of the electricity comes from hydro-electric power plants less than six years old.
Providers of this green electricity do not make use of federal subsidies pursuant to the German Renewable Energy Act (EEG). In addition, LichtBlick protects one square meter (10.76 square feet) of rainforest in Ecuador per customer per month.
LichtBlick is one of the largest independent energy providers in Germany.