In a good number of our previous articles, Volkswagen’s shift towards electrification and being carbon-neutral has been highlighted. With the world embracing clean energy for automobiles, many manufacturers have begun building and rolling out their own clean, green, machines.
Volkswagen’s latest move seems to up the ante, though. The first of their highly anticipated and newest electric vehicle, the ID.3, has just rolled out of their Zwickau factory doors. The Zwickau plant being mentioned, the German marque has also begun initiating a system changeover towards e-mobility; this means that this particular factory will be the largest dedicated electric car factory in all of Europe.
Investments into the updating of Zwickau currently run up to 1.2 billion Euros, and from a 100,000-unit production estimate for next year, they are now looking at potentially 330,000 EVs flying out of production by 2021, and this is all underpinned on the ID.3, of course. “The ID.3 will make an important contribution to the breakthrough of e-mobility. It makes clean individual mobility accessible to millions of people and is a milestone for our company on the road to becoming climate-neutral by 2050”, Group CEO Herbert Diess said at the ceremony in Zwickau.
The ID.3 being mentioned, it is an electric platform based on what Volkswagen calls their Modular Electric Drive Toolkit. Basically, the said platform translates to a spacious interior, good vehicle handling, and a long battery range. Not only is it VW’s prime offering for their EV range, but it also boasts of setting new benchmarks in sustainability. Production is carbon-neutral, which means the car is delivered to customers with a carbon-neutral footprint. Green power is exclusively used in energy-intensive battery cell production, and missions from the entire production process that are currently unavoidable are offset, among other things through investments in the “Katingan Mataya Forest Protection” climate project on the Indonesian island of Borneo.
Many may see the shift towards electrification and greener alternatives as nothing other than wishful thinking. Looking at what Volkswagen has done and what they commit to doing – adapting people’s skill sets to complement their jobs alongside clean machines, building vehicles that contribute to a cleaner environment – we can definitely say that it is possible, doable. While we can’t expect every other manufacturer to replicate VW’s efforts, it really is a good example on what to do, and what can be done. As the cliché goes, “think about the children’s future”, that should be motivation enough for anyone to follow suit.