E-mobility is the heart of the Volkswagen Group strategy – the technology of the future, allowing to reach the zero-emission target through the whole vehicle’s life cycle.
70 new full electric models by 2028, with €30 billion investments within 2023: this is the plan announced by the Volkswagen Group. An ambitious target, reflecting the commitment of the Company towards a really sustainable mobility.
Besides the vehicles driving at zero emissions thanks to the full electric technology, what has to be considered is the whole vehicle’s life cycle: this is the real challenge, and the Group wants to meet it, thus concretely contributing to the achievement of the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
In this view has been set a specific decarbonization program, which will make the entire Volkswagen Group carbon neutral by 2050. The measures consider each single step of a vehicle’s life cycle: from the materials procurement to the production (including battery cells production), till recycling the batteries.
The Group’s approach is clear and can be summarized in three steps: reduce CO2 emissions in an effective and sustainable way; switch to renewable energy sources for power supply; compensate for the unavoidable emissions by supporting climate protection projects.
Electric for all
The first model with a CO2-neutral balance will be the Volkswagen ID., to be produced at the Zwickau plant from the end of this year.
A fundamental step on the road towards e-mobility, the starting point of the Electric for All campaign: one of the major obstacles to the spread of electric cars seems to be the purchase price of the e-vehicles, and Volkswagen responds by launching a car that is affordable for many people, with a price comparable to that of a diesel Golf with the same equipment level.
The real “revolution” beginning with the Volkswagen ID. is related to the implementation of the MEB, the modular platform specifically designed for the production of zero emission vehicles – the key point of the Volkswagen Group’s electric offensive.
Thanks to its flexibility, this architecture enables the production of different-sized models (city cars, large limousines, vans) on the same platform, reducing the costs and consequently improving the competitiveness.
The MEB won’t be used only by the other Brands within the Group (the ID. will be followed by other Volkswagen, SEAT and ŠKODA vehicles) – it will be opened to other carmakers, in order to benefit from the effects of the economies of scale for bringing e-mobility into the mainstream more rapidly.