Audi is providing a fleet of 50 electric Audi e-trons for the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, held this year from Jan 22 to 25.
“We are focusing clearly and consistently on sustainable mobility solutions for the future,” said the chairman of the board of management at Audi AG, Bram Schot.
“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,” Mr Schot said.
By providing the cars, Audi wants to demonstrate the e-tron’s versatility in all climate conditions, especially in the snowy Swiss mountains and their challenging weather and topography.
To charge the cars, Audi is providing mobile charging containers, first seen here as a concept.
Three mobile Audi charging containers with a total output of 700kW and a capacity of 1.14 MWh will ensure the rapid supply of electricity for the intensively used e-tron fleet.
The charging containers themselves hold used batteries – formerly from electric cars – as part of an Audi research project.
Audi is repurposing batteries previously used in electric cars as part of using resources “as efficiently as possible”.
The automaker currently deploys the containers at major events, supporting the local charging infrastructure.
With this research project, Audi is making “a visible commitment” to the Global Battery Alliance of the World Economic Forum, of which Audi has been a member of since 2017.
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.