Together for more climate protection

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. To meet the goals set out in the Paris climate agreement, a reduction of CO2 emissions in the transport sector is necessary.

Of course, we want to live up to this responsibility. In pursuit of the goal to create an entirely electric model fleet, Volkswagen invests in a holistic approach: Mobility for a future that is not only electrifying, but also sustainable.

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On the road to a climate-neutral mobility

Electric vehicles are highly energy efficient. Did you know you can drive 3 to 4 times1 further in an electric car with the same amount of energy than with a combustion engine? However, there are a couple of challenges on the road to a more sustainable mobility that we want to master with you:

On one hand, the production of electric vehicles, particularly of the battery, requires more energy than that of a vehicle with a combustion engine. On the other hand, the potential for savings during the use phase depends of the kind of energy you use to charge your electric vehicle.

Map, range comparison combustion cars vs electric vehicles
Range comparison combustion car vs. electric vehicle
60 kWh of electricity vs. 6 liters of diesel (equivalent to 60 kWh)

In order to ensure that the extra amount of energy required during production does not lead to a larger carbon footprint when your car is delivered, we have set ourselves the goal to be the first manufacturer to deliver the new electric ID.3 climate-neutral as a standard. This will allow you to start off with a better carbon dioxide balance.

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During the use phase, we support you with a range of offers for charging with green power to help you further reduce your carbon footprint. 

What we do to protect the climate

Emissions are created during the entire life cycle of an electric vehicle. To reduce them sustainably, we follow this principle:

Avoid first, then reduce and finally compensate unavoidable emissions – with projects to protect the climate.

Our holistic approach begins with measures to increase energy efficiency and the use of green power in our plant in Zwickau. Additionally, our suppliers are obliged to use green power in the production of battery cells.

Illustration life cycle of the ID.3
ID.3 lifecycle: supply chain, production, use and recycling

The unavoidable amount of emissions during the production phase will be reduced step by step and until then it will be compensated through certified climate protection projects. This will help us to reach our goal to deliver your ID.3 with a 100 percent CO2-neutral footprint.

To enable you to drive climate-neutral during the use phase of your electric car, we offer you a wide range of options to charge green power– at home, in the city and everywhere in between.

What you can do to protect the climate

We are responsible for the climate-neutral production of your electric vehicle. You are responsible for the climate-neutral use of your car. We offer climate-friendly solutions for all charging scenarios:

  1. You can use green energy at home – for example, Volkswagen  Naturstrom® from our newly established green energy subsidiary ElliOpens an external link (short for Electric Life). Elli is the first provider on the market that offers a seamless and holistic charging and energy experience.
  2. In the city, you can easily find green energy charging stations by using the “Green Routing“ function of our new mobility and service app “We Connect”2.
  3. At Volkswagen, we are supporting the expansion of green energy and the necessary infrastructure (Wallbox) through our new energy service provider Elli.
    By actively encouraging the provision of green energy charging stations through your employer, you are also making a contribution.
  4. Along highways, you can use Europe’s most powerful fast charging network , which – if available in the respective country –  is powered with green energy: IONITYOpens an external link – a joint venture we established in collaboration with other car manufacturers.
Gallery featuring green energy providers Elli and IONITY as well as charging infrastructure and Volkswagen We app.

Volkswagen Naturstrom®– the green energy offering by Volkswagen

When renewable energy meets sustainable mobility, Elli is here for you. In 2018, Elli was founded by Volkswagen and will be the first provider on the market to offer a seamless and holistic charging and energy experience. For example, Elli offers sustainable Volkswagen Naturstrom® from 100 % renewable energy facilities. Certified and controlled by the TÜV Nord (technical inspection association). This allows you to charge your electric vehicle CO2-free and provides you with green energy everywhere in your house.

Elli logo, wind turbines, solar cells, infrastructure

Is this interesting for you? Well, you are only three clicks or a phone call away from receiving a personal green power offeringOpens an external link for your home.

Furthermore, Elli helps you to optimise your daily use of electricity and energy. Elli offers intelligent products and services from consulting to maintenance. We connect holistic energy systems and optimise the generation and consumption of energy so that you can focus on the important things in life.

Disclaimer by UNICARS LTD

The comparison is based on the energy amount of 60 kWh, which can be generated from 6 litres of diesel – the theoretical consumption of a combustion engine per 100 km, which is also the amount on which an electric vehicle can theoretically drive around 400 km. It is important to note that the actual possible range that can be achieved thanks to the higher efficiency of the electric vehicle highly depends on the way of driving and environmental factors (topography, temperature, etc.).
To use the free We Connect app you will need a smartphone with a compatible iOS or Android operating system and a SIM card with a data option. You will also need an appropriate mobile phone contract already in place or separately arranged with your mobile phone provider.
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