“It’s clear the world is getting warmer. It’s time to stop avoiding the question of what to do about it.” Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – June 26, 2019 VWs I.D. Family in Venice Beach, CA VW has collated its I.D. battery electric vehicle push under its “Drive Bigger” brand direction, VW of America is embracing the challenge as a calling for the years ahead. By building a future designed to help tackle the GHG problem, VW plans to drive a big change in American and global transportation. As the world’s largest automaker, VW has a global responsibility and one it plans to embrace by committing to making its vehicles and production carbon-neutral by 2050. That includes VWs sold in the United States and manufactured at its LEED Platinum rated factory in Chattanooga. The VW Group’s investment in battery electric vehicles will come to more than $50 billion USD over the next four years, with approximately $10 billion directed into the VW brand by its lonesome. Earlier this year, VW committed itself to the goals of the Paris Agreement, the 200-nation agreement that aims to limit global warming to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit by cutting emissions of CO2 and other pollutants. That’s not an easy task, since most studies show the Earth has already warmed by half that amount over the past several decades. Meeting that target will require a widespread adoption of zero tailpipe-emission electric vehicles, ones affordable to millions, not just millionaires. By 2050, VW is targeting carbon neutral operations and vehicles in the U.S. The commitment to carbon neutrality has three key parts. Reducing CO2 emitted from vehicles and factories Adopting renewable energy sources, whether at the plant level for VW and its suppliers, or encouraging their use for individual Volkswagen owners Using carbon offsets to tackle those remaining carbon emissions that can’t be further reduced VWs goal is to avoid CO2. If they cannot avoid it, they will reduce it, and if that’s not possible, find a way to offset it. The key to affordable battery electric vehicles is the same as the key to affordable everyday vehicles – using basic architectures that can be shared among millions of vehicles. Much as the VW MQB platform underpins models from the Golf to the Atlas, the upcoming MEB all-electric chassis is designed with similar flexibility in size and uses. It is expected to go into production in Europe later this year, and come to America first with the ID.CROZZ SUV in 2020 and plans for the ID.BUZZ thereafter, with more to follow. 2020 I.D. Crozz SUV From the floor of the LAAS in 2017. By 2028, the VW Group expects to have sold approximately 22 million BEVs worldwide across all its brands, with approximately 70 different models available. Some 15 million of those will use the MEB platform. While there are concerns about whether building battery electric vehicles creates more CO2 emissions than gas or hybrid cars, outside research suggests that over the lifespan of a vehicle, a battery-electric car typically has the lowest CO2 per mile driven compared to gas- or diesel-powered counterparts. That's based on today's mix of fuel sources for electricity, often a blend of natural gas, coal, nuclear, and renewables such as solar and hydropower. As the grid shifts towards CO2-free renewables, the benefits of EVs will grow further. While EVs are a major part of the VW plan, they are not the only part. Reducing carbon output from the production process at both VW and its suppliers will be a major focus. The Chattanooga plants solar field provides roughly 10 percent of the plant’s electricity – more than 12 million kWh’s/year. VW plans to reduce the carbon output of its traditional gas vehicles, through greater efficiency gains and hybridization. 2021 VW I.D. Buzz Electrification is an important future aspect of VW going forward. By 2040, approximately 60 percent of the vehicles we sell in America would be EVs, and that another 10 to 25 percent would be hybrids. With Dieselgate in the rear view, the real question is can VW move electric and electrified vehicles to the consumer marketplace with acceptable range, performance, and affordability. The all-new Audi e-tron is stumbling out of the gate. The VW I.D. Crozz SUV should change that.