It seems Greenpeace and Volkswagen aren't the best of friends lately.
Volkswagen recently became the victim of theft brought by activists of Greenpeace. An estimated 30 to 40 members of the environmental organization broke into a compound where thousands of Volkswagen vehicles were located. The activists then proceeded to steal the keys that were conveniently inside the vehicles. These vehicles are being loaded onto boats to be shipped around the world. With that, it's not unusual to have the keys inside the vehicles.
According to Greenpeace, around 1,500 keys have been taken in total. Meanwhile, the police have supposedly arrested and pressed charges on several of the trespassers. As a result, over 1000 Volkswagen vehicles will be stuck at the port. So if you happen to have a Volkswagen on order, it might arrive a bit later than usual. Thankfully, that won't be the case for Philippine Volkswagen units since our vehicles are sourced from China.
Aside from stealing the keys, the activists also unfolded a large yellow banner showing the Volkswagen logo leaking oil.
So why'd Greenpeace activists target thousands of Volkswagen vehicles? According to the organization, Volkswagen isn't electrifying its lineup fast enough and is still building/selling too many diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles. It's a bold claim from Greenpeace, considering Volkswagen already plans to electrify its entire lineup in a few years. The German marque has also introduced several models from the all-electric I.D family.
It's unclear what Greenpeace activists plan to do with the thousands of stolen Volkswagen keys. But knowing their history, likely they will use keys for a demonstration event in the future. Whatever the case, stealing the keys to brand new cars isn't the best way to get an automaker's attention and call for a shift to electrification.