Sustainable mobility is a key target area in the TRANSFORM 2025+ strategy of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand.
Core aspects are to cut CO2 emissions over the entire product lifecycle from resource extraction to recycling, to increase the products’ environmental compatibility, and to optimize other ecological and social aspects, such as by developing mobility solutions that reduce the burden on cities.
The Group’s core brand is represented in more than 150 markets worldwide and makes vehicles at over 50 production sites in 14 countries. Volkswagen handed over around 6.2 million vehicles in 2019. Almost 200,000 people currently work at the Volkswagen brand. There are also more than 7,700 dealerships with 74,000 employees. Volkswagen is systematically driving the further development of car manufacturing. E-mobility, smart mobility and the brand’s digital transformation are the key strategic issues moving ahead.
The three highlight projects 2019
“The Volkswagen brand – Transformation from a car manufacturer to a mobility service provider in the age of e-mobility and digitalization.”
Carbon-neutral handover of the ID.3 to customers – From vision to reality
In 2018 Volkswagen announced that it would be the first manufacturer to make and ship a mass-produced e-vehicle in a climate-neutral manner: The carbon footprint of the new ID.3 will be optimized throughout the supply chain and production when it is launched in 2020 and unavoidable emissions will be compensated for by means of projects aimed at protecting the climate. The new ID.3 had its world premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in September 2019. Series production at the Zwickau plant began in November 2019.
Volkswagen is converting an entire factory to all-electric vehicle production for the cars in the ID. family.
In line with the rule of “first avoid, then reduce, and last of all compensate for unavoidable emissions,” extensive measures to increase energy efficiency were undertaken as part of transformation of the Zwickau plant and its external power supply was converted to green electricity.
In accordance with the same principle, upstream and downstream CO2 emissions caused by the ID.3 up to handover to the customer will be reduced, for example by the makers of the high-voltage battery being obligated to use green electricity to produce the battery cells.
Unavoidable emissions are compensated for by means of certified climate protection projects. They include protecting forests in tropical regions, since the biggest quantities of carbon per hectare are absorbed there, and expansion of renewable energies.
The medium-term goal is to cooperate with further partners to develop new forest conservation projects that help protect the climate, support the local population long term in compliance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and contribute to preserving biodiversity.
Until it implements its own projects, Volkswagen will support the Katingan Mentaya project of the project developer Permian Global to ensure carbon-neutral handover of the ID.3. This project aims to protect carbon-rich peatland forest in Indonesia. Protecting this 149,800-hectare forest in Central Kalimantan on the island of Borneo prevents the release of around 7.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.
Based on the concept of climate-neutral manufacture, the ID.3 can be run in a carbon-neutral manner if it is powered strictly using electricity from renewable energies over its entire lifecycle.
Volkswagen launches an e-mobility offensive and exceeds the 250,000 e-vehicle mark
The Volkswagen brand shipped its 250,000th e-vehicle (since the e-up! was introduced in 2013) in December 2019. Of that figure, more than 70,000 were shipped in 2019 – an increase of 40% over 2018.
The main sales markets are China, Norway, Germany, the USA and the UK. The best-selling e-vehicles are the e-Golf (104,000 deliveries), followed by the Golf GTE (51,000), the Passat Variant GTE (42,000) and e-up! (21,000).
There is also strong demand for the ID.3., the first member of the ID. family.
Shortly before the start of the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, all production slots for the 30,000 vehicles in the ID.3 1st Edition pre-booking quota were reserved. Pre-booking is offered in a total of 29 European markets.
Volkswagen WeShare launched in Berlin with all-electric cars
Volkswagen entered the expanding carsharing market with “WeShare” in 2019, thereby adding an attractive mobility service to its “Volkswagen We” ecosystem.
Free-floating carsharing can help cities achieve their sustainability goals in a big way. Thanks to state-of-the-art drive technologies, increasing electrification of fleets, and higher utilization of the vehicles compared to private passenger cars, free-floating carsharing can reduce emissions and the amount of space cars take up in cities. In conjunction with local public transport and other innovative mobility solutions, carsharing is a genuine alternative to private car ownership. Volkswagen and ŠKODA are therefore establishing free-floating carsharing as a major and scalable component in their mobility mix.
The first offering is in Berlin, where 1,500 E-Golf cars are powered by green electricity.
In the second half of 2019, the WeShare e-vehicles in Berlin covered a distance of more than three million kilometers, corresponding to an average of four to five journeys per vehicle and day. Berlin’s public charging network is used to “refuel” the fleet and is complemented by a further 70 charging points at selected food retailers.
Volkswagen Polo wins World Urban Car of the Year award at the New York Auto Show
The latest model generation of the Volkswagen Polo captured the prestigious “World Urban Car of the Year” award at the 2018 New York Auto Show. The World Car Awards are held annually, with more than 80 international automotive journalists from 24 countries voting on the best new cars in the global market. The World Urban Car of the Year award was presented for the second time this year. The jury bestows this accolade on vehicles that excel in tackling the challenges of space constraints for traffic in cities and conurbations.