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Way to zero

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We will follow a new path.

Way to Zero

We are committed to complying with the Paris Climate Agreement, with the goal of becoming a company with a net carbon-neutral2 balance by 2050.

And we want everyone to participate in this movement – by being able to choose from innovative drive systems. We want to give you options that will help you on your personal path to lower emissions. Only by doing this will we all reach our common goal. 

That is our way to carbon neutrality. And it starts here.

We want to make a difference with these models

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The first Volkswagen delivered with a net carbon-neutral balance: The all-electric ID.3

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The all-electric ID.3 is the first Volkswagen ever that is not just produced with a carbon-neutral2 balance but which is also delivered to you with a carbon-neutral2 balance.

Manufacture and delivery of the ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5 models, to the retailer is independently certified as net carbon neutral by TUV Nord. Net carbon neutrality is achieved through a combination of both emission reduction and off-setting unavoidable emissions. You can download the ID.3 TUV Nord certificateOpens an external link, ID.4 TUV Nord certificateOpens an external link, and ID.5 TUV Nord certificate hereOpens an external link. This independent certification is audited and reconciled quarterly. It excludes use and life-cycle post-handover at the retailer.

For production, we rely on energy efficiency and the use of green electricity to avoid emissions wherever possible. In the meantime, the share of emissions during the manufacturing phase that are unavoidable in the short term will be successively reduced and offset through certified climate projects.

As the first climate protection project, we are supporting our partner Permian Global in the Kantigan Mentaya Project in protecting 149,800 hectares of Indonesian rain forest, which absorbs large quantities of CO2.

And after delivery? We are partnering with Octopus Energy so you can enjoy affordable, carbon neutral charging at home. Find out more.

Very diverse: our powertrain technologies

The future of mobility should be as free of emissions as possible. And not just for some, but for all. On the way to achieving this, we need diverse powertrain technologies that offer more performance in combination with reduced consumption.

Graphic: Modular electric drive kit from VW

The electric powertrain technology of the all-electric ID.3

A unique drive concept, a completely new driving feeling.

  • Carbon-neutral balance for production and delivery
  • Full torque for uncompromising driving pleasure right from the start
  • Generous space thanks to modular electric drive matrix (MEB)

The all-electric ID.3 
#NowYouCan

The ID.3 ushers in a new, dynamic era in the world of electromobility. Electrifying performance meets groundbreaking design and ranges suitable for everyday use. 

The electric powertrain technology of the all-electric ID. Models

Two multi-talented vehicle classes, one unique drive concept, a completely new driving feeling.

  •  Carbon-neutral2 balance for production and vehicle handover
  • Full torque for uncompromising driving pleasure right from the start
  • Generous space thanks to modular electric drive matrix (MEB)

Plug-in hybrid: the alliance of electric and gasoline engine  

E-drive or TSI? You get both with our innovative plug-in hybrids. That means you can enjoy the benefits of efficient electric mobility in everyday life without having to forgo a powerful TSI gasoline engine when you need it.

Sportiness and efficiency in one

A plug-in hybrid with an electric motor and TSI petrol engine. The Golf Style eHybrid means you can drive with zero emissions in e-mode, or combine the combustion engine and electric motor in hybrid mode for maximum boost system power and efficient driving pleasure.

The mild hybrid drive

The eTSI with mild hybrid technology is a significant new feature. A starter-alternator provides extra assistance for the engine when starting off and at low speeds. The lithium-ion batteries are charged under braking and while coasting. This achieves a significant reduction in fuel consumption and emissions.

More about mild hybrid technology

The mild hybrid drive
a new form of efficiency

A new form of efficiency with electrified TSI petrol engine: the eTSI.

- Stored kinetic energy and coasting function
- Comfortable and agile driving feeling
- More fun when driving off thanks to the electric assistance

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A joint effort for greater climate protection

Every step counts on the way to carbon neutral mobility. That is why we are working on reducing emissions throughout the entire value chain and establishing new standards for both people and the environment.

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Elli: Power when at home and on the move

Sustainable mobility starts with electric. Through our subsidiary Elli, we offer charging stations for ID.3 owners. 

In order to use your ID.3 with a carbon-neutral2 balance, you can sign up to a green energy plan. We are partnering with Octopus Energy so you can enjoy affordable charging at home.

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Optimising our supply chain

We also want to drive forward the use of green electricity and recycled materials in the upstream supply chain – in view of the large number of components, suppliers and sub-suppliers, this is a very complex task to which we are devoting all our energy. For example, we have stipulated that our suppliers must use green electricity when producing the battery cells.
We see offsetting carbon emissions through certified climate protection projects as an immediate measure to compensate for unavoidable emissions and as a step on the path towards our goal of becoming a company with a carbon-neutral2 balance.

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Green electricity for our plants

Vehicle production also consumes energy. We are working on reducing the carbon emissions of our plants all over the world even further. Our aim is to halve the carbon emissions of the plants by 2025 (compared with 2010). We will achieve this by making even greater use of green electricity in energy-efficient sites, for example. This will allow us to move ever closer towards our goal of becoming a company with a carbon-neutral2 balance.

Our electric vision

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Our electric vision

Volkswagen’s future is electric. We’re committed to developing cars and technologies that open up the possibilities of electric driving to all. Making the switch to electric not only benefits the environment, it could also help you save money and discover a new and exciting way to drive.

Electric pedigree

The development of our revolutionary ID. range didn’t happen overnight. Our electric history first started in 1970. Let us take you back to the start of our journey towards a more sustainable future.

Leading the way

Our goal isn’t just to sell electric cars. We are designing a range of vehicles with high performance, that go further and put efficiency at the heart of their design.

Next steps 

Configure an ID.3

Should you go electric?

Our pure electric cars

Next steps 

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The plug-in hybrid drive

Combine the efficiency of electric and the power of a petrol engine with our range of high performance hybrids, including the Golf GTE, Passat Saloon GTE and Passat Estate GTE.

A VW Golf eTSI parked looking out to sea with a lady walking away from the car

The mild hybrid drive

The eTSI with mild hybrid technology is a significant new feature. A starter-alternator provides extra assistance for the engine when starting off and at low speeds. The lithium-ion batteries are charged under braking and while coasting. This achieves a significant reduction in fuel consumption and emissions.