World Economic Summit

Audi demonstrates ‘practical electric mobility live’ at this year’s World Economic Summit.

As well as providing a fleet of e-tron vehicles, Audi is demonstrating its vision of sustainable mobility solutions at the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland.

23 January, 2019


Bringing together heads and members of 100 governments, business leaders, international organisations, cultural and thought leaders, the World Economic Summit is underway in Davos, Switzerland, with Audi once again playing a prominent role as exclusive shuttle partner – a role it has occupied since 1987.

A fleet of 50 Audi e-tron cars are on hand for the annual meeting, not only providing the dignitaries and attendees with transportation, but showcasing first hand the company’s technology in action. 

The all-electric cars are fully powered by green electricity, and with mobile charging containers, the Audi is demonstrating a potential application of used batteries from electric cars.

“We are focusing clearly and consistently on sustainable mobility solutions for the future,” Bram Schot, Board of Management Chairman of AUDI AG. 

“At this year’s World Economic Forum, we can demonstrate our definition of practical electric mobility live, and can let many people experience it directly.”

Unveiled in September last year, the Audi e-tron is the first all-electric large-series model from Audi, with more than 20,000 reservations already been received for model model, which will make its way to Australia around the middle of this year. With the shuttle fleet of 50 Audi e-trons, the company is once again demonstrating the car’s practicality in the snowy Swiss mountains – also in the region’s challenging weather and topography. 

Audi has partnered with the World Economic Forum since 1987

Three mobile Audi charging containers with a total output of 700kW and a capacity of 1.14 MWh will ensure the rapid supply of green electricity for the  e-tron fleet. With this Audi research project, the company is testing the re-use of electric cars’ batteries, and after their phase of use in cars is over, the high-voltage batteries are still suitable for various energy-storage applications. For this reason, Audi is testing scenarios for using the available resources as efficiently as possible, and the company is deploying the containers at major events to effectively supplement the local charging infrastructure.

With this research project, Audi is making a visible commitment to the values of the Global Battery Alliance of the World Economic Forum. The alliance consists of public and private sector partners from the entire battery supply chain and aims to ensure social and ecological sustainability in the value chain of battery raw materials. The Global Battery Alliance is concerned with the conditions for raw-material extraction, sustainable recycling concepts in the sense of a closed loop economy, and innovations that promote battery sustainability. 

The 49th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum will takes place in Davos from January 22 to 25, 2019.

Audi is testing the re-use of electric cars’ batteries, and after their phase of use in cars is over, the high-voltage batteries are still suitable for various energy-storage applications