Editor's note: Audi of America was the lead Innovation Sponsor of the 2018 Harvest Summit, a gathering of leaders across industries that focuses on the art, science and social impact of innovation. Audi Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Matt Carpenter, joined this year's discussion on "Partners in Innovation" on the mainstage with Kate Henningsen, SVP, Operations & general counsel, of Arcadia Power and moderator Mark Van Ness, founder, Real Leaders Media. Today's post comes from Matt Carpenter.
I should start by saying, this was my second year being a part of the Harvest Summit and each time I've been blown away by the caliber of ideas and discussion around how to make the world a better place. The passion of the people behind these ideas is even more inspiring. I know I speak on behalf of Audi when I say we're honored to have been the Innovation Sponsor of this year's summit.
I think the key behind that inspiration, the key to why I think the Harvest Summit is so successful and the key to what I think is going to make innovation across industries not only possible but have a lasting impact, is partnerships. At Audi of America, we're about more than building and selling cars, we're about offering mobility solutions that are accessible, flexible and perhaps most importantly, customer centric. And the way we do that is through thoughtful partnerships.
Not unlike our approach to doing business, the launch of our first electric vehicle, the Audi e-tron, was about more than revealing a car. We are dedicated to presenting a solutions-based ecosystem that's designed to support the vehicle and, in turn, offers consumer confidence for everyday use – a launch that's a direct reflection of operating in today's digital economy. That's where Arcadia Power comes in.
Through the partnership, a first between Arcadia Power and an automaker, we've teamed up to support the production of renewable energy, which can help offset electric vehicle charging. The collaboration between Audi and Arcadia also offers U.S. e-tron customers the opportunity to invest in renewable power and to help save on at-home energy costs. This partnership is purposefully designed with the customer in mind. Arcadia Power is a nationwide digital utility service that offers a more flexible and accessible path to renewable energy; and, through the partnership, e-tron customers can invest in renewable energy without the added costs of a rooftop solar installation.
If I learned nothing else from my time at this year's Harvest Summit, and something that I think most Summit attendees would probably agree with following their experience, is that partnerships are an invaluable way to pursue people-focused, world-focused, and progress-focused innovation.
Here's to a future where people and businesses are collaborating to make that kind of innovation a reality.
To find out more about the partnership between Audi and Arcadia Power, click here.
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