The Volkswagen group is doing a 180-degree turn from their emission cheating days to pushing for CO2 neutral production of electric cars.
In a new presentation, VW shows how the I.D., its first next-generation electric vehicle, will be “CO2 neutral throughout the entire life cycle if the customer consistently charges with green power.” They want to address CO2 emissions through the different phases including manufacturing.
In the manufacturing phase alone, VW says that “the carbon footprint of the ID. will be improved by more than 1 million tons of CO2 per year.”
They want to use green power throughout the entire supply chain and at their own factories.
Earlier this year, Volkswagen launched a new energy and charging unit to complete energy loop and help its future electric vehicle owners power their cars with green power.
Thomas Ulbrich, the Board Member responsible for e-mobility at the Volkswagen brand, commented on the effort:
“Climate change is the greatest challenge of our times. As the world’s largest car manufacturer, Volkswagen is assuming responsibility: The new ID. will be the Group’s first climate-neutrally produced electric car. To ensure that it remains emission free during its life cycle, we are working on many different ways to use green power. Truly sustainable mobility is feasible if we all want it and we all work on it.”
VW’s presentation shows that all-electric vehicles today are already emitting less CO2 emissions than other vehicles:
But there’s still a lot of room for improvement throughout the entire cycle and they are addressing that in this interesting new presentation.
Here’s the full presentation: