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Volkswagen target carbon neutral lifecycle for electric cars

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As electric vehicles grow ever more popular, it’s increasingly important for automotive brands to show that they’re delivering a zero-emissions option on the road. 

Volkswagen, however, are looking to take the trend to the next level by delivering EVs with a completely carbon neutral lifecycle. Not only do they want their cars to be emissions free when you drive them, they’re aiming to achieve the same with their entire production process.

From raw materials to the manufacturing process to the road, VW are aiming to give their EVs a fully carbon-neutral lifecycle
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In a letter to executives, VW’s CEO Herbet Diess said: 

“The Volkswagen Group will be a climate-neutral company by 2050 at the latest.”

They’re beginning with the upcoming I.D. Neo hatchback, due to launch in late 2019. VW claim that the car’s supply chain, manufacturing process and charging infrastructure will all be sustainable. 

To achieve this, their Zwickau plant has already moved to 100% renewable energy and they claim that all energy used to produce the batteries and parts will come from green power sources.

Their subsidiary company Elli will help customers continue the carbon-neutral lifecycle of the cars by offering green energy to recharge the vehicles.

Where there are unavoidable emissions produced by raw materials or manufacturing elements, VW plan to offset them with investment in “certified climate projects”.

They say that by doing so, the carbon footprint of their vehicles during the manufacturing phase alone will be improved by more than a million tonnes each year - roughly the climate impact of a coal fired power station supplying 300,000 households.

The ID Neo will be VW's first electric car to have a carbon-neutral lifecycle, but the company aim to have 19 others in production by 2025 and be a fully emission-free company by 2050
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“Climate change is the greatest challenge of our times. As the world’s largest car manufacturer, Volkswagen is assuming responsibility: the new ID will be the group’s first climate-neutrally produced car,” said board member Thomas Ulbrich, who is responsible for VW’s e-mobility department.

“To ensure that it remains emission free during its life cycle, we are working on many different ways to use green power. Truly sustainable mobility is feasible if we all want it and we all work on it.”

Following the ID, VW are aiming to have a portfolio of 20 fully electric vehicles with zero emission lifecycles by 2025.

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