Audi electrifies World Economic Forum in Davos

Sustainable mobility for the World Economic Forum in Davos. As the exclusive shuttle partner for the annual Forum, Audi is providing a fleet of 50 Audi e-tron vehicles in 2019.

The all-electric cars are powered entirely by green electricity. With mobile charging containers, the company is demonstrating one way of recycling used electric car batteries in future. “We are focusing squarely and systematically on sustainable mobility solutions for the future”, stresses AUDI AG CEO, Bram Schot. “At this year’s World Economic Forum we can demonstrate live and ‘bring to life’ in the truest sense of the word our definition of electric mobility with everyday usability.”

The Audi e-tron is the first all-electric large-scale production model from the Ingolstadt-based premium carmaker. There are already more than 20,000 reservations for the model, with cars due to arrive in dealerships in Europe over the next few weeks. With the shuttle fleet made up of 50 Audi e-tron vehicles, the company is once again demonstrating the car’s practical usage in the snow-covered Swiss mountains. The Audi e-tron mastered consummately the challenge of negotiating the 1,200 metre climb from Zurich Airport to Davos in freezing temperatures.

Three mobile Audi charging containers with a total power output of 700 kW and a storage capacity of 1.14 MWh guarantee the rapid supply of green electricity locally for the e-tron fleet that is in constant use. With this Audi research project the company is testing the reusability of electric car batteries. After their usage phase in the car, the high-voltage batteries are still suitable for various storage applications. For this reason, Audi is testing usage scenarios to utilise the relevant resources as efficiently as possible.

The company is using the containers developed specifically for major events and importer events especially wherever there is no charging infrastructure for a large vehicle fleet, thus allowing it to act flexibly in an environmentally friendly manner.

With the research project, Audi is visibly demonstrating its commitment to the values of the World Economic Forum’s Global Battery Alliance. The Alliance is made up of public and private partners from the entire battery supply chain, and aims to ensure the social and environmental sustainability in the value chain of battery raw materials. To this end the Global Battery Alliance is examining the conditions with raw material mining, with sustainable recycling concepts in line with a circular economy, as well as innovations that promote the sustainability of the battery. Audi has been a member of the cooperation platform since 2017.

Fuel consumption*/emissions figures*:

  • Audi RS 5 Coupé: Fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 12,4; extra-urban 7,1 – 7,0; combined 9,1 – 9,0; CO₂ emissions in g/km: combined 197; Efficiency rating: E/EU6
  • Audi A8 50 TDI quattro: Fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 6,5 – 6,3; extra-urban 5,5 – 5,1; combined 5,8 – 5,6; CO₂ emissions in g/km: combined 152 – 145; Efficiency rating: A/EU6
  • Audi e-tron 55 quattro: Electric power consumption combined in kWh/100 km: 26,2 - 22,5; CO₂ emissions in g/km: combined 0; Efficiency rating: A/EU6
  • Audi R8 Coupé V10 performance quattro: Fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 20,0; extra-urban 9,0; combined 13,1; CO₂ emissions in g/km: combined 297; Efficiency rating: G/EU6
  • Audi R8 Spyder V10 performance quattro: Fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 20,2; extra-urban 9,2; combined 13,3; CO₂ emissions in g/km: combined 301; Efficiency rating: G/EU6
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