Volkswagen’s annual review of electromobility: That’s why VW relies on E

Volkswagen's annual review of electromobility: That's why VW relies on E-review

the 9th. September 2019 was a truly historic day for Volkswagen: on the eve of the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, the brand not only presented a new car, but the symbol of a new era. At the ID.3 is the first model in a completely new generation of purely electric cars from VW – with a neutral balance sheet, efficient and fully networked.

Like all future ID. Models based on the ID.3 on the new modular e-drive kit (MEB), which was specially designed for electric drives and is intended to make the best possible use of the possibilities of e-mobility. This is how the ID.3 has significantly longer ranges, lots of interior space and high performance. The scalable battery system offers ranges of 330 to 550 kilometers and also short charging times – and that at an entry-level price of less than 30.000 euros. The market launch is planned for Europe in summer 2020.

In addition to the flagship ID.3 also include the SUV ID. CROZZ, the ID. BUZZ, the flagship sedan ID. VIZZION, the multi-variable all-round model ID. ROOMZZ, the beach cruiser ID. BUGGY and the ID. SPACE VIZZION as the variant of tomorrow for the new ID. model family. The demand for the ID.3 is promising. In mid-May 2019, Volkswagen started pre-booking the ID.3 1st Edition – an exclusive, on 30.000 vehicles limited special edition with extensive equipment, for which more than 36.000 reservations received.

With the ID vehicles and the ID.3 is the starting point for the third major chapter of strategic importance in the history of the Volkswagen brand, after the Beetle and the Golf. “The ID.3 will make an important contribution to the breakthrough of e-mobility. It makes clean, individual mobility accessible to millions of people,” said the CEO of the Volkswagen Group, Herbert Diess, at the start of production of the ID.3 at the Zwickau plant.

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Volkswagen consistently relies on electrically powered vehicles like no other traditional car manufacturer. The electric car for everyone – that is the core of the electric offensive. By 2029, Volkswagen intends to bring up to 75 purely electric models onto the market across the Group, plus around 60 hybrid vehicles. In total, the group wants to sell around 26 million electric vehicles by then and thus help e-mobility to achieve a breakthrough worldwide. Volkswagen will invest around 33 billion euros in electromobility across the Group by 2023. The joint ventures in China will invest another 15 billion euros over the next few years.

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When it comes to sustainability, the ID.3 new standards: It is produced in a CO2-neutral manner and is therefore handed over to the customer without a so-called “CO2 backpack”. The energy-intensive battery cell production of the ID.3, for example, is 100 percent green electricity. Currently still unavoidable emissions in the entire production process of the ID.3 are compensated, among other things, by supporting the climate protection project “Katingan Mataya Forest Protection” on the Indonesian island of Borneo.

The Zwickau location plays a pioneering role in the transformation of Volkswagen’s global production network. Volkswagen is converting the site completely to electromobility with investments of 1.2 billion euros – and at the same time making Zwickau the largest and most efficient e-car plant in Europe. As early as next year, around 100.000 electric models will be produced in Zwickau. From 2021 up to 330.000 electric cars roll off the production line every year.

The Emden, Hanover and Dresden locations will also manufacture electric vehicles in the future. Together with Zwickau, they are to form the largest production network for electric cars in Europe. Mlada Boleslav is also planned as a European electronics location. In China, two more MEB plants are being built in Anting/Shanghai and Foshan, which will start production in 2020. To this end, the Volkswagen Group is investing 690 million euros in the Chattanooga site in the USA to expand its production capacities. In total, Volkswagen will have eight plants for the production of MEB vehicles by 2022.

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In order to achieve the ambitious goal of making electromobility suitable for the masses, Volkswagen is also energetically pushing ahead with the charging infrastructure: at home, at work, in public spaces and on the motorways. Across Europe, the group will build a total of 36 with partners by 2025.000 charging points, 11 of them alone.000 by the Volkswagen brand. They are located at the German Volkswagen locations, such as Emden, Kassel or Zwickau, and at the approximately 3000 Volkswagen dealerships. The Volkswagen Group is investing a three-digit million amount in the charging stations at its locations alone. At the same time, the Group creates suitable infrastructure solutions – for example by developing a mobile fast charging station or as an electricity provider through which customers can obtain CO2-neutral Volkswagen natural electricity.

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Of course, it is also: All that is not enough to get the electromobility from the niche. Because with the expected breakthrough of e-mobility and the increase of electric cars on the roads, the charging infrastructure must be further expanded. In Germany alone, around one million public charging points should be built by 2030. Volkswagen therefore creates another focus on the store at the local wallbox. With the ID.Charger brings Volkswagen at the same time with the ID.3 The right wallbox on the market. With a charging power of 11kW, the ID can be.3 completely charging in about six hours.

Therefore, Volkswagen thus consistently sets electromobility because this drive technology is the best way to a quick and efficient CO2 reduction. According to experts, the hydrogen-powered fuel cell also has strengths (range, quick refueling, no heavy battery on board), but has one major disadvantage: it is comparatively inefficient – in terms of its efficiency and costs. And: Hydrogen is currently not ready for the volume market; among other things, there is a lack of the appropriate infrastructure for use. In all likelihood, for the foreseeable future it will only be used in trucks and buses and over long distances.

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Volkswagen, on the other hand, wants to sell more than a million electric vehicles a year in the near future. The prognosis of the Berlin hydrogen expert Prof. Volker Quaschning agrees with Volkswagen‘s consistent e-strategy: “The normal car for average applications will very likely be a battery car in the future. There are no environmental disadvantages as a result.”

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