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Audi conducts research project on re-using electric cars' batteries

Audi is providing a fleet of 50 Audi e-tron cars for the annual meeting in 2019 as an exclusive shuttle partner for World Economic Forum in Davos, Ingolstadt. The all-electric cars are completely powered by green electricity. With mobile charging containers, the German carmaker is demonstrating a potential application of used batteries from electric cars.

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

The Audi e-tron is the first all-electric large-series model from the luxury car manufacturer. More than 20,000 bookings have already been received for this environment friendly car, which will arrive at dealerships in Europe next week. With the shuttle fleet of 50 Audi e-trons, the German carmaker is demonstrating the car’s practicality in the snowy Swiss mountains.

Three mobile Audi charging containers with a total output of 700 kW and a capacity of 1.14 MWh will ensure the supply of electricity for the e-tron fleet. With this research project, Audi is testing the reuse of electric cars’ batteries. After their phase of use in cars is over, the high-voltage batteries continue to be suitable for energy-storage applications. 

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