Audi to Run Davos Fleet on GTL Fuel
17 January 2008
Audi will run its entire fleet of 81 A8 sedans providing chauffeur service at the upcoming World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008 in Davos, Switzerland on gas-to-liquids (GTL) synthetic fuel. In combination with new 3.0 TDI diesel engines, the fuel will allow CO2 emissions from the Audi fleet to be reduced by about 13% compared to last year.
Preparations include construction of a GTL filling station next to the Audi pavilion in Davos. The synthetic fuel, made from natural gas, will be provided by Shell. The combination of 3.0 TDI engines and GTL fuel will cut fuel consumption by about 10%, while carbon monoxide emissions drop 93%. Sulfur dioxide emissions are completely eliminated.
The A8 sedans in the Davos fleet are long-wheelbase versions featuring quattro permanent all-wheel drive. All these luxury sedans are all fitted with a 3.0 TDI diesel engine that generates 233 hp (174 kW), with fuel consumption of 8.5 liters/100 km (28 mpg US).