As part of its GRIP 2030 corporate strategy, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) intends to raise the percentage of electric vehicles (EVs) that it sells to over 55 percent by 2030.
With its support for expanding renewable energy, VWCV is already increasing the amount of electricity from renewable sources that are available in the grid. It’s therefore laying the foundations for its electric vehicles to be used on a carbon-neutral basis.
The two photovoltaic systems in the Spanish town of Tordesillas have an annual capacity of around 74 million kilowatt-hours. Not far from Valladolid in the Castile and León region, no fewer than 100,000 modules spread across more than 18 hectares are converting sunlight into electricity.
Expanding renewable energy is important for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles because electric vehicles will only be able to make their full contribution to climate protection if they actually run on green electricity.
Through partnerships such as that with the energy provider Statkraft in Tordesillas, VWCV will be supporting the carbon-neutral use of its electric vehicles in the future. VWCV has set itself the objective in Europe of reducing the carbon footprint of all vehicles across their entire life cycle by 40 percent by 2030 compared with 2018.
Susanne Leifheit, Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability at VWCV said: “To secure financing for extra capacity at wind farms and solar installations, we’re working with the energy industry in a targeted way and are funding projects that are generating additional green electricity.
“For us, the Spain project is another key milestone along the ‘way to zero’ at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, by which I mean decarbonisation and the creation of sustainable mobility.”
The new all-electric ID. Buzz plays a key role in this. From autumn 2022 onwards, the vehicle will be delivered to customers in its first markets with a net carbon footprint of zero. The ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo will be supplied on a carbon-neutral basis in Europe from autumn 2022.
This means offsetting the CO2 emissions created by production in the Hanover plant and the upstream supply chains, and by all transport steps leading up to handover to customers, including the first charge of the battery.
The emissions generated up until handover are to be offset by investing in certified climate protection projects such as the Kariba REDD+ project (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation). Here, nearly 785,000 hectares of forest along the southern shore of Lake Kariba, near the Zambian-Zimbabwean border, are being protected against deforestation.
This is one of the largest registered REDD+ projects and is based between three national parks including Chiazaira, Matusadona and Mana Pools. The project links up four national parks and eight safari reserves and forms a biodiversity corridor that is protecting areas of forest as well as numerous endangered species.