Electric fleet for Davos
Audi provides a purely electric shuttle fleet for delegates at this year’s World Economic Forum.
An all-electric shuttle fleet for the delegates, as well as portable charging hubs and a commitment to developing a sustainable battery supply chain all underpin Audi’s involvement at this year’s Davos summit.
24 May, 2022
This year’s theme is ‘History at a Turning Point: Government Policies and Business Strategies’
Audi haș long been the official vehicle supplier to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, and this year the brand reinforced its commitment to sustainability by supplying a fully electric fleet for the first time.
Made up of a mixture of Audi e-tron GT, Q4 Sportback e-tron and Audi e-tron quattro models, the all-electric fleet is providing transport to some of the world’s top leaders attending the conference which is being held in May for the first time due to recent COVID disruptions.
The forum this year will see some 2500 delegates from all over the world come together to discuss global issues from health to finance, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and of course climate change.
This year’s theme is ‘History at a Turning Point: Government Policies and Business Strategies’ and those present will share ideas and insights in the hope of arriving at strategies that can be employed to combat pressing issues all over the globe.
“We're looking forward to discussions with other forward-thinking people in Davos – people who, just like Audi, have a consistent commitment to sustainability,” says Hildegard Wortmann, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG. “From our electric models to our premium fast charging products to our contribution to a sustainable battery supply chain, we’ve shown that we have the courage to make lasting change at Audi and we will continue on that path.”
In support of its fleet, Audi is using its portable charging containers which in turn use only green power. Servicing the fleet Audi has high-power chargers at two large nine-metre containers can charge up to 16 electric models at the same time, without any connection to the power grid and take just 45 minutes to charge each vehicle to full power.
In addition, another five smaller three-metre containers can charge up to four electric models simultaneously, while four additional charging trailers using processed Audi e-tron batteries taken from development vehicles, are also be part of the charging park. This is a sustainable, second-life application that functions as buffer storage on-site and allows for a much higher charging capacity than the local electric grid. These batteries have a total storage capacity of about 5MWh and the charging containers can increase grid power by more than a factor of seven – they can turn 350kW of grid power into a charging capacity of around 2600kW.
It’s particularly fitting that Audi supply an all-electric fleet this year, as the brand has been a member of the Global Battery Alliance since 2017 – an initiative that was born at the World Economic Forum at Davos. This alliance sees partners from the public and private sectors working together to ensure social and ecological sustainability in the value chain for the raw materials that go into batteries. It also deals with the conditions under which raw materials are mined and sustainable recycling concepts in the spirit of a circular economy. It focuses on innovations that contribute to battery sustainability.
In support of its fleet, Audi is using its portable charging containers which in turn use only green power
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