Audi Teams With Arcadia To Offer Solar Power Subscription For Eligible Audi E-Tron Buyers At No Charge
HERE COMES THE SUN: AUDI TEAMS WITH ARCADIA TO OFFER SOLAR POWER SUBSCRIPTION FOR ELIGIBLE AUDI E-TRON BUYERS AT NO CHARGE
- The first 3,000 buyers and lessees of eligible 2019 Audi e-tron SUVs delivered on or after February 4, 2020, can receive a 10-year solar power subscription
- Solar program can offer savings on electricity bills and help support renewable energy production
- Program’s cost savings can offset approximately one full Audi e-tron charge per month per customer
Audi is expanding its collaboration with Arcadia (formerly Arcadia Power), a clean energy platform, to offer customers an industry-first, 10-year subscription to solar power for Audi e-tron SUV drivers at no additional cost. The offer is available to the first 3,000 eligible customers who take delivery of a new or certified pre-owned 2019 Audi e-tron SUV on or after February 4, 2020, while supplies last.
According to current Audi e-tron SUV owners, environmental responsibility is among their top purchase considerations, among other considerations such as quality, design and driving experience expected from Audi vehicles. Audi’s solar program allows drivers to subscribe to remote solar panels located throughout the U.S. at no additional cost. Savings from this solar power are applied directly to the customer’s home energy bill without having to install any hardware.
Each subscription with Arcadia helps generate enough electricity to offset the approximate cost of up to 2,400 miles of driving per year. Subscriptions to the solar projects also help increase nationwide awareness and demand.
Arcadia’s remote solar projects enable customers living within the service territory of a compatible utility to subscribe to a commercial-scale solar project. With lower anticipated cost and environmental impact than fossil fuel energy, the remote solar project sends electricity directly into a local building’s meter or back into the power grid, and, in turn, Arcadia is able to provide subscribers a prorated share of any savings in the form of a credit on their electric utility bills. Through a web- or app-based Arcadia digital platform, members sign up to auto-pay their standard electric utility bill and receive a monthly statement detailing their savings, environmental impact, energy usage and more. Through the Arcadia mobile app and online dashboard, customers can view the details of their solar projects and electricity bills. Because Arcadia’s software is available in all 50 states, the 10-year Audi solar subscription can transfer with the original, eligible e-tron purchasers even if they move residences.
In total, Audi’s solar collaboration with Arcadia has the potential to support approximately 29,000 MWh of solar electricity generation, offsetting the equivalent of 22,000 tons of carbon dioxide, or 2.3 million gallons of gasoline.
How to participate
Eligible e-tron buyers will receive a welcome email from Audi that includes a link to a personalized enrollment page on Arcadia.com. As part of the enrollment process, customers are asked to link their existing, compatible electrical utility account to Arcadia. This allows customers to pay their electric utility bill through Arcadia and receive potential savings from their remote solar subscription in the form of credits on their monthly bill. Eligible Audi e-tron owners will then start receiving solar savings at no additional cost each month for the next 10 years.
With more than 400,000 members connecting to clean energy from wind and solar farms, saving with lower rates and personalized impact dashboards, Arcadia makes supporting renewable energy accessible to more people. Audi has collaborated with Arcadia since September 2018 to support consumer access to renewable energy.
This program complements AUDI AG’s MISSION:ZERO program, in which the company is aiming to make future production globally carbon-neutral. For example, the Audi e-tron SUV is already produced at a carbon-neutral certified facility in Brussels, Belgium.
The Audi e-tron SUV is the brand’s first fully electric model in the U.S., built for everyday usability and repeatable performance. A true luxury SUV, the Audi e-tron was named as the first fully electric vehicle to earn a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation in August 2019. More recently, the e-tron SUV earned Green Car Reports’ “Best Car to Buy 2020” award, and earned a NHTSA five-star safety rating in its New Car Assessment Program.
For more information about Arcadia: https://www.arcadia.com/audi
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Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands, delivering about 1.845 million vehicles globally in 2019. In the U.S., Audi of America sold just over 224,000 vehicles in 2019. Visit audiusa.com or media.audiusa.com for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.
Arcadia makes choosing clean energy easy. As the only nationwide tech company focused on consumer energy, Arcadia’s software manages consumer utility accounts to bundle clean energy, energy efficiency tools, rate monitoring and more in a simplified, modern account experience. Founded in 2014, the company’s platform now integrates with more than 125 utilities in all 50 states, manages 4.5 terawatt-hours of residential energy demand, is the largest residential energy broker in the country, and manages the most community solar subscribers in the U.S. For more information, visit www.arcadia.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Program begins February 4, 2020, for up to 3,000 eligible customers who purchase new or Certified pre-owned 2019 Audi e-tron SUVs. Program duration subject to end without notice. For additional details, call Audi USA Customer Service at 1 (800) 822-2834 or Arcadia Customer Service at 1 (844) 573-8766.
e-tron owner research based on IHS Markit testimonials (September 2019) and Maritz customer insights (December 2019).
Arcadia complimentary subscription includes 10 solar panels for a 10-year subscription with the activation of an Arcadia account. Not all customers will qualify, based on U.S. region. For additional details, call Audi USA Customer Service at 1 (800) 822-2834 or Arcadia Customer Service at 1 (844) 573-8766.
Savings based on an average power-generation of 80 kWh per month per 10 solar panels in an Arcadia solar farm. Actual power-generation and savings will vary based on regional solar performance.
CO2 offset information based on EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator available at https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator
2019 IIHS “Top Safety Pick+” is based on “good” ratings in the moderate overlap front, driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraint, and headlight tests, and no less than an “advanced” rating for front-crash prevention. For details, visit iihs.org.
Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov).