Driving sustainability: how Audi and ALVANCE Aluminium Duffel are championing light-weight materials

ALVANCE > 10th June, 2021

Passion for detail, maximum precision and top quality. That is how Audi describes the Audi e-tron GT, its third fully electric car since the e-tron SUV and the e-tron Sportback. Large areas of the body are constructed from aluminium and ultra-high-strength steel. ALVANCE Aluminium Duffel BV supplies the aluminium for the side panels and sealing ports with the same passion for detail, precision and quality, and with a shared drive for sustainability.

Ultra-strong, lightweight and recyclable

The lightweight body of the four-door Gran Turismo is manufactured using a multi-material construction, with the outer skin made entirely of aluminium. This light-weighting approach allows for the car as a whole to be designed with low-weight components, enhancing its driving performance as well as lowering its environmental footprint.

“Aluminium is taking on an ever-growing role in electric vehicles. It is both a light and very strong material and very flexible to work with. All of these properties mean aluminium perfectly fits the design, performance and functionality requirements of the Audi e-tron GT,” says Jürgen Bieser, Global Key Account Manager Automotive of ALVANCE Aluminium Duffel BV.

Audi is pressing forward consistently with its electrification offensive. Its objective is to electrify the entire model range through 2025, with around 30 electrified models. But it is not enough just to go electric; the entire car must be more sustainable.

That’s why the designers of the Audi e-tron GT have deliberately chosen to focus on sustainable materials, from the smallest details of the interior to the exterior. Here as well aluminium is an excellent choice. It is one of the most recycled – and most recyclable – materials on the market. In the future all the aluminium used for manufacturing the Audi e-tron GT can be recycled at the end of life of the car.

Audi e-tron GT - © AUDI AG

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