Way to Zero: Volkswagen presents roadmap for climate-neutral mobility
Volkswagen stands for sustainable e-mobility for all. We’ve set out on the ‘Way To Zero’ and are consistently placing the environment at the focus of all our activities, said Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of Volkswagen
Volkswagen supports the construction of wind farms and solar plants
Already today, Volkswagen offers its customers green electricity for charging at home (Volkswagen Naturstrom) and on the road (e.g. at IONITY charging stations). As a result, new wind farms and solar plants are to be constructed in several regions of Europe by 2025.
In Germany, Volkswagen is supporting the construction of a solar plant with a total capacity of 170 million kilowatt hours each year. The associated plant will be completed in Tramm-Göthen in northeastern Germany by the end of 2021 and is being constructed without any state subsidies at all.
Green production and supply chain
As well as ensuring the green use of its vehicles, Volkswagen is also working to decarbonize both production and supply chain. The role model for this is the battery cell production for the ID.3 and ID.4, which already uses green electricity only and therefore has a substantially improved carbon footprint.
vehicles, including battery housings and wheel rims made from green aluminum and tires from low-emission production. In this way, the company intends to work with its suppliers to gradually improve their carbon footprint and ensure the sustainability of its supply chain. The company is also pursuing a clear decarbonization strategy in the in-house production of components at Volkswagen Group Components. As such the giga-factories for battery cell production announced during Power Day are to be supplied with entirely green electricity.
Accelerating the electric offensive
At the heart of the Way to Zero is Volkswagen’s new ACCELERATE strategy aimed at stepping up the pace of the electric offensive. By 2030, at least 70 percent of all Volkswagen’s unit sales in Europe will be all-electric vehicles – that’s substantially more than one million vehicles. In North America and China, the share of electric vehicles in sales should be at least 50 percent. In addition, Volkswagen will be launching at least one new electric car each year. One day before the Convention, Volkswagen presented the ID.4 GTX, the next model in the all-electric ID.
Way to Zero Convention for an open dialog with government, industry and society
However, Volkswagen cannot shoulder the decarbonization of mobility on its own. Government, industry and society need to come together to develop good ideas and make courageous investments.
With the Way to Zero Convention, Volkswagen aims to foster an open dialog with government, industry and society.
May 04, 2021 at 05:13