Audi Australia Pty Ltd and Origin Energy Limited (Origin) have today announced a partnership that will help owners of the new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron plug in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) further lower their impact on the environment.

Origin, which is Australia’s largest supplier of government accredited GreenPower,  will join with Audi Australia to purchase displacements to cover up to the first 10,000km of grid-charged electric driving for Audi’s first PHEV offering in Australia.

“We are pleased to be Audi’s energy partner for the launch of its first plug-in hybrid vehicle in Australia,” said Phil Craig, Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs for Origin.

“Origin has a proud history as Australia’s leading provider of green power, and this agreement sees us partner with a leading luxury vehicle manufacturer to help Australians reduce the carbon footprint associated with their vehicle use.

“In addition to power solutions for electric vehicles, Origin is offering a range of products and services that will help Australians to power their homes more efficiently and sustainably in the future, including our existing solar solutions and our upcoming launch of home batteries.”

In addition to Audi, Origin is the preferred energy services provider for Mitsubishi and Nissan EVs. Origin also introduced the first electric vehicles into its staff pool vehicle fleet in 2010.  EVs and PHEVs powered by 100% government accredited GreenPower continue to form an important part of Origin’s fleet transformation today.

Audi Managing Director of Australia, Andrew Doyle said, “The A3 Sportback e-tron is the first plug-in hybrid vehicle from Audi, and importantly, it gives our customers an innovative and extraordinarily efficient mobility solution, without compromising on any of the versatility that has made the new A3 Sportback such a success.”

“You can commute each day in pure electric mode, up to 50km, and you only need to charge the battery overnight. If you want to drive a longer distance, then the combination of the electric motor and petrol engine together gives you the kind of range that people are accustomed to. It’s an easy concept for customers to understand, which is why we’ve already seen such strong interest.”

Origin GreenPower is one of the easiest and most effective ways for customers to reduce their carbon footprint. When customers choose from 25%, 50% or 100% GreenPower, Origin matches the chosen percentage of a customers’ electricity consumption into the electricity grid with power from 100% GreenPower accredited renewable energy sources in Australia.


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