Audi says it is considering selling the e-tron SUV with a number of vegan interior trims to make the vehicle even more environmentally friendly.
During a recent interview with Motor 1, Audi e-tron product manager Matt Mostafaei revealed that the German automaker has received some requests for buyers who want to reduce their carbon footprint further with different interiors.
“We’ve had some customer requests for that. And definitely moving forward, we’re looking at all sorts of new materials, both for inlays, and trims, seats, and things like that are more environmentally friendly,” Mostafaei said. “If you remember our e-tron GT debut, it had a fully recycled, fully vegan interior. We used fish nets and things like that in the car. So that kind of shows where we’re looking and where we’re headed in terms of sustainability in the interior.”
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In recent years, a large number of car manufacturers have started to offer alternatives to traditional interiors often dominated by leather. Nowadays, discerned car buyers have a number of different materials which mimic leather to choose from, including the seats of current Tesla models which are synthetic leather. Mercedes-Benz is also one of the most experienced car manufacturers when it comes to developing synthetic leather with its ‘Artico’ material which even has a scent similar to the real thing.
Customer deliveries of the e-tron SUV only recently commenced across Europe and U.S. deliveries start this month. Audi initially planned on building 55,830 examples of the SUV in 2019 but, according to recent reports, this figure has been revised to 45,242 units.