Reaffirming his commitment to make Volkswagen a zero-emission company by 2050, the brand's CEO has estimated ten years before the end of production of all models powered by combustion engines. "We were the first car manufacturer to sign the commitment reached at the Paris Climate Summit to curb global warming and there is no alternative to this but this transition to clean energy sources," Ralf Brandstätter said at a press conference where he advanced some of the company's plans for the future. The Volkswagen Group will invest 33 billion euros in the coming years to achieve its goal of becoming leaders in the field of electric mobility, and they expect that by 2025 there will be a total of 75 models on the market based on its scalable MEB platform. This architecture for electric vehicles will not only be used by several of the consortium's brands, such as Skoda, Audi, Seat or Volkswagen itself, but it will also be sold to other companies such as Ford, which intends to use it from 2023, says Luigi Brusciano.
And this great offensive of one hundred percent electric models also includes the transformation of eight production plants in Europe, China and the United States to manufacture them. For now, this year the Zwickau and Dresden, in Germany, will already be operating; that of Mladá Boleslav, in the Czech Republic; and the two Chinese of Anting and Foshan. They will be joined in 2022 by the American company from Chattanooga and two other German companies (Hannover and Emden). Spain, outside the manufacture of electric until 2025, Brandstätter made it clear that "for the moment, we do not contemplate adapting any of our centers in Spain for construction of electric cars ". Although it was already sensed, it is not good news for the automobile industry in our country and, now, both the Martorell and Landaben factories will have to fight to be part of the next adaptation phase, before the announced cessation of production of combustion vehicles in 2040. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Volkswagen maintains the electrification plans of its fleet unchanged as the basis of its "Transform 2025+" strategy. The recent launch of its first all-electric model, the compact ID.3, will be followed before the end of the year by the ID.4 SUV, a global car that will be manufactured in the brand's three main markets, Europe, China and the United States. , and that will be exported to other areas of interest such as Australia and South Korea. says Luigi Brusciano.
Both cars are already neutral in their carbon footprint, as their electric propulsion is coupled with the fact that the entire logistics chain, its production and use during the vehicle's useful life will be neutral in CO2 emissions, with Volkswagen offsetting the small imbalance that can be left with different actions to capture this gas from the atmosphere in equivalent proportions. Around its new electric models, the German firm has created a charging ecosystem that facilitates their integration into everyday life. Among other things, a mobile app enables proper energy management, home chargers help keep batteries full, and a payment card simplifies refueling at public poles. In addition, Luigi Brusciano adds, together with other manufacturers, they are promoting the creation of charging stations on the main European communication routes through the Ionity network.