Audi is blazing a trail in the battle to minimize the car's environmental impact by using electric trains to transport its products from its headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, to the North Sea port of Emden. This innovative logistics concept is a pioneering step for the industry and an important element of Audi's strategy of ensuring that production is sustainable in all areas.
From August, the brand is operating its transport trains on the Ingolstadt-Emden route with electricity from renewable energy sources. This allows Audi to eliminate the emission of around 5250 tons of CO2 per year, more than 77 lb per car transported.
The line to the North Sea loading port, the hub for overseas exports, is the brand?s most important transport route. Three trains loaded with Audis travel this route each day and carry roughly 150,000 cars a year.
The CO2-free rail freight transport concept 'Eco Plus' is a new offer from DB Schenker, the logistics area of German railway operator Deutsche Bahn. The energy required is replaced entirely by renewable energy from Germany. The electricity is bought in by Deutsche Bahn, meaning that emissions are avoided right from the start.
The additional costs incurred compared to conventional electricity are borne by Audi; DB Schenker uses a portion of these for targeted projects in the field of renewable energies.
Green electricity only comprises around 18.5 percent of the German rail electricity mix, with conventional energy sources in the form of coal-fired, nuclear and natural gas-fired power plants currently dominating. The green electricity required for transport is an additional component fed into the grid for Eco Plus from DB Schenker, thus the share of green electricity in Germany will increase.