Volkswagen has unveiled its latest electric car, one that will reduce more than 1mn tonnes of Co2 per year right through the supply value chain.
The Volkswagen ID has been hailed as a “pioneer of sustainable mobility” and the company has noted that the manufacturing phase alone will save more than 1mn tonnes of Co2 per year. The new car will head into production at the company’s Zwickau production plan in late 2019 and will represent a comprehensive decarbonisation programme that will see similar sustainable measures for its other models. Volkswagen will look to offer more than 20 fully electric models by 2025.
“Climate change is the greatest challenge of our times,” said Thomas Ulbrich, the Board Member responsible for e-mobility at the Volkswagen brand. “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.”
The company also released a balance sheet CO2-neutral, which highlights how emission values are reduced significantly along the entire value chain:
As part of the Id. Manufacturing and supply chain process, Volkswagen will source battery cells that are produced in Europe and powered from green power sources. “More savings potential in the supply chain that extends all the way back to raw material production is being examined with the help of direct and indirect suppliers,” said Volkswagen Group.
Volkswagen’s electric vehicle production comes as part of a US$10bn (€9mn) investment into e-mobility by 2023.