Electric Mobility and the Environment.
Change is coming.
Not only out on the road …
We are on a mission – an e-Mission, where “e” stands for electric.
Electric mobility is on its way – electric mobility from Volkswagen.
Electric powertrains hold the key to long-term sustainable mobility.
Fleet trials have already been successfully completed. And the first
volume-production all-electric vehicles of Volkswagen Group will
soon be taking to the road.
Volkswagen has designated 2013 the Year of the Electric Car. But get-
ting an electric vehicle on the road is only one side of the coin. Elec-
tric vehicles from Volkswagen need to form part of an approach that
takes a wider range of issues into account. Volkswagen stands for res-
ponsible business practices towards its employees, towards society
and towards the environment. Ultimately, our aim is to become the
world’s most eco-friendly automaker.
We are well aware that elec-
tric mobility is more than
just a new form of propul-
sion. It is also one that will
massively change the car as
we know it, the way it is used and the way it is manufactured. New re-
sources and materials will be required, from lithium for the batte-
ries to neodymium for the electric motors. Production systems will
have to be restructured and employees will have to be trained to work
with new electric technology and components.
In other words, we are facing an automotive sea change. Electric mo-
bility is changing the way we think. We will have to think hard, for
example, about fundamental questions such as: what raw materials
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and resources offer the best long-term prospects? What is the best
way of minimising manufacturing emissions for electric compo-
nents? And above all: how will the electricity to power the electric
cars of the future be generated? And how will this affect the overall
environmental footprint of electric mobility?
This brochure sets out our answers to many of these questions. Be-