The 2019 Audi e-tron has become the first battery electric vehicle (BEV) to earn a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Available to consumers since March 2019, the e-tron is the first of 30 electrified models which Audi aims to release by 2025. Twenty of the new models will be pure electric vehicles, with hybrids accounting for the remainder. The introduction of its electric range is a signal of Audi’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and will see the automaker reduce vehicle-specific CO2 emissions over the entire product lifecycle by 30 percent by 2025 (compared to 2015).
The e-tron makes extensive use of ultra high strength steels (UHSS) and laser welded blanks from ArcelorMittal to achieve its impressive safety performance. Key components made of UHSS include the A- and B-pillars, roof members, centre tunnel, interior sills, floor cross-members, and rear longitudinal members. These components comprise the strong backbone of the occupant cell, enabling it to absorb the forces of a front-end collision. (Source: Audi website)
Like Audi, ArcelorMittal is committed to achieving the climate targets set in the Paris Agreement. Our first Climate Action Report (published in May 2019), outlines ArcelorMittal’s commitment to significantly reduce our carbon footprint. Audi has defined similar measures along its entire value chain and is working closely with suppliers such as ArcelorMittal to achieve these goals.
Bram Schot, CEO of Audi