Automotive climate protection
Around 75% of a vehicle’s CO₂ emissions are produced during the usage phase. That is why it is so important to make this phase emission free. Electric mobility is the key: it is available now and in large quantities worldwide. Our job is to shape and accelerate the worldwide transformation of mobility with attractive vehicles. Vehicles with batteries from climate-friendly production which are later recycled accordingly. Vehicles which run on green electricity. Vehicles which sustainably inspire people.
The ID.4 is the first all-electric SUV manufactured by Volkswagen Passenger Cars – and will be delivered to European customers as a net carbon-neutral product. This is made possible by, for example, the use of renewable-energy to manufacture battery cells by a partner company and by our Zwickau plant, where the ID.4 production line is net carbon-neutral. Volkswagen offsets unavoidable carbon emissions by investing in climate action projects.
If new ID owners continue to “fill up” their cars using, for example, green Volkswagen Naturstrom® electricity, their vehicles will have almost no impact on the climate during the driving phase of their life cycles. To optimize efficiency, the car has a flowing aerodynamic profile with an excellent drag coefficient of 0.28, and can be fitted with an (optional) heat pump. This combines waste heat from the car’s electrical components with heat from the outside atmosphere to air-condition the interior, using CO₂ as the refrigerant, pumped through the circuit at high pressure. The heat pump also significantly reduces the loss of range caused by air conditioning – especially in winter – by replacing a conventional electric heating unit.
Caring for the climate is also a top priority at the end of the vehicle’s life cycle: the ID.4’s battery can either be reused in various second-life scenarios or recycled as a source of raw materials.
ID.4 1ST Edition (150 kW) - combined power consumption in kWh/100 km (NEDC): 16,2; CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+
Spearheading electric mobility
In the new Audi e-tron GT, sportiness and comfort go hand in hand with sustainability. At up to 472 kilometers, the e-tron GT’s maximum range is every bit as outstanding as its driving performance. The high-voltage battery has 396 pouch cells with a net capacity of 84 kWh (93 kWh gross). Its 800-volt architecture enables DC fast charging at a maximum of 270 kW. Under ideal conditions, it takes just five minutes to store enough power for around 100 kilometers.
Ingeniously, the e-tron GT’s thermal management keeps the battery and drive components at their optimum temperature levels. When a driver sets a fast-charging station as their destination in the navigation system, on the way there, the car brings the battery to a temperature at which it can be charged as fast as possible. In winter in particular, the heat pump (fitted as standard) helps to offset the loss of range due to the electric air condition.
The car rolls off the Böllinger Höfe production line on Audi’s Neckarsulm site; the entire manufacturing process is net carbon-neutral. The Neckarsulm site has been using 100 % green electricity since early 2020, with a biogas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant providing the heat required by the Böllinger Höfe facility. To compensate for CO₂ emissions that cannot currently be avoided using renewable energies, Audi purchases high-quality carbon offsets.
Audi RS e-tron GT - combined power consumption in kWh/100 km: 20.2 - 19.3 (NEDC), 22.5 – 20.6 (WLTP); CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+
Audi e-tron GT quattro - combined power consumption in kWh/100 km: 19.6 - 18.8 (NEDC), 21.6 – 19.9 (WLTP); CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+
Sleek climate saver
Range is a decisive factor in persuading more and more people to opt for climate-friendly electric mobility. This is where ŠKODA is setting new standards with the ENYAQ iV, because this all-electric SUV can cover more than 520 kilometers before it needs to stop at a charging station. One of the reasons for this performance is the ENYAQ iV’s excellent aerodynamics. The low drag coefficient of 0.257 – an exceptional figure for this class of vehicle − is achieved with the help of aero wheels and specially designed door mirrors. These are located not in the usual A-pillar window triangle but on the front doors, thereby reducing turbulence.
The active airflow management system is particularly ingenious. The central front air intake on the ENYAQ iV features an active cooling roller blind. Depending on the amount of cooling air required by the vehicle’s electric drive, lithium-ion battery and air-conditioning system, the onboard electronics open the blind only as far as necessary. With the blind completely closed, the aerodynamics of the ENYAQ iV are optimized, increasing the range by up to seven kilometers.
ŠKODA ENYAQ iV (electric) - combined power consumption in kWh/100 km (NEDC): 14.9-15.2; CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+
Rapid climate action
An unconventional challenger brand, CUPRA demonstrates how performance and electrification can make a perfect match. CUPRA is currently electrifying its range, including the first model uniquely developed and designed for the brand, the CUPRA Formentor. The high-performance CUPRA Formentor VZ e-HYBRID combines the output of a 1.4-liter 110 kW/150 PS TSI gasoline engine with the power of an 85 kW/115 PS electric motor. Energy is delivered by an advanced 13 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, enabling the CUPRA Formentor to deliver carbon-neutral performance. At the same time, this powerful SUV can sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 7.0 seconds and boasts a top speed of 210 km/h. The outcome? A vehicle that encapsulates the dynamic image of the CUPRA brand, while minimizing environmental impact. The CUPRA Formentor e-HYBRID joins the CUPRA Leon e-HYBRID as the brand’s second plug-in hybrid. Together, the two models offer a choice of no fewer than six PHEV engines, sure to thrill any auto aficionado. In addition, in the second half of this year, CUPRA will be launching its first all-electric model, the CUPRA Born, while looking ahead, the brand’s second all-electric model, the CUPRA Tavascan, will hit the market in 2024.
CUPRA Formentor VZ e-Hybrid - combined power consumption in kWh/100 km (NEDC): 12.8-13.9; Fuel consumption combined in l/100km: 1.6; CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+
Where passion meets responsibility
How to successfully combine a passion for driving with caring for the climate? Porsche provides a twofold answer in the Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo, and has also set up a charging infrastructure specifically for these electric sports cars. Drivers in search of a recharging point can use the “green electricity” filter to display a selection of matching charging stations, which they can then access via the Porsche charging service. This ensures that all their charging activities are carbon-neutral, which means climate-friendly motoring throughout the vehicle’s service life.
Porsche is focused on climate action in production, too: In Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, the newly built production facility for these models is on its way to achieving almost zero environmental impact – among other things, with an energy supply for the site using renewable energy. Other climate-friendly features include the streamlined aerodynamics at the front of each car, complete with automatically controlled air intakes that cut energy consumption and increase range. Some of the materials in the e-sportsters’ interiors are sourced from secondary raw materials. And as the perfect accessories for a climate-friendly “last mile”, Porsche offers two different e-bikes plus a new, specially designed rear carrier.
Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo - combined power consumption in kWh/100 km: 29.4; CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+
Taycan 4S Cross Turismo - combined power consumption in kWh/100 km: 28.1; CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+
A sunny outlook for the climate
Want to protect the climate while driving your whole family in uninhibited automotive freedom? No problem! Over the next few years, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will systematically expand its product portfolio to embrace zero emissions. At the origin – and beating heart – of the brand is one of automotive history’s most beloved icons: the VW Bus. And in the summer of 2021, the seventh-generation Bus will be launched as the best multivan ever, immediately available as a plug-in hybrid suitable for long-distance travel. Just one year later, this will be followed by the all-electric ID. BUZZ and ID. BUZZ Cargo, both based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform. Mesmerizing moments! Electric mobility will never be the same again, as the new Bus redefines comfort and smart everyday practicality for total driving freedom. The ID. BUZZ will also be the Group’s first vehicle capable of transporting people and goods autonomously, that is, without a driver. These truly exciting new chapters in the colorful history of the VW Bus will deliver a powerful emotional boost to climate-friendly e-mobility…
A good start
Electric mobility is truly gaining headway. In 2020, more than 3.24 million battery electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles were sold worldwide; more than half a million more electric vehicles than in the previous year. Volkswagen played a significant role in the success with more than 400,000 vehicles, and continues to drive this development onward: The number of vehicles produced increased by 82.1% (BEV) and 265.2% (hybrid vehicles) compared to the previous year.
The technical backbone for this growth is the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) which Volkswagen will use to dynamically shape the ongoing mobility transformation: By 2025, Volkswagen intends to sell more than a million electric vehicles and by 2030 around 70 purely electric models are planned throughout the Group.
But the cars are not everything: politics and the energy sector still have plenty to do, especially in terms of expanding the charging infrastructure and distributing green charging electricity. Volkswagen aims to support them and is engaged in active dialogue such as in the CEO Alliance.
Zero-emission public transit services
Rising passenger numbers and a growing desire to cut down pollution and noise emissions are creating challenges for local public transit operators. And MAN is responding to these challenges: The company’s Lion’s City E bus can carry large numbers of passengers and operate locally with zero emissions.
Increasingly, European cities are turning to zero-emission electric buses. Four Lion’s City E battery-electric solo buses recently went into operation in Luxembourg, carrying passengers to their destinations in safety and comfort while protecting the environment. And in Copenhagen, Denmark, visitors and residents will soon be able to travel around the city on 25 environmentally friendly MAN Lion’s City 12 E buses. A Lion’s City E from the MAN Truck & Bus e-bus demo fleet has also been operating in Belgium since the start of the year. During 2021, it will be put through its paces in a year-long trial in Antwerp, on route 36 between Franklin Rooseveltplaats and Linkeroever. Series production of the battery-electric city buses started in October 2020 at the MAN plant in Starachowice in Poland. At the end of March, MAN Truck & Bus also delivered the first fully electric articulated bus for everyday use to the municipal transport services in Cologne, Germany. And the next venue for e-bus deployment has already been scheduled: Another MAN articulated e-bus will soon be demonstrating its abilities in Barcelona.
Climate-friendly commercial vehicles
Plug-in hybrid technology is only feasible for cars? No way! By combining the flexibility of a combustion engine with the advantages of a quiet, zero-emissions electric drive for urban trucking, Scania’s hybrid truck proves precisely the opposite. With a range of up to 60 km, the truck’s quiet electric mode is ideal for making night-time deliveries that avoid peak rush-hour traffic in city centers. The three batteries only need to be charged for around 35 minutes to reach 80 % capacity, meaning they can be recharged while loading and unloading, or while the driver is taking a break. They can also be recharged by the truck’s regenerative braking system.