Next in line to release an electric vehicle: Volkswagen! The ID.3 is ready to make its German debut. Volkswagen is taking major steps to use renewable energy (as much as possible) to manufacture its battery cells and vehicles. The leading German automaker has also pledged to avoid using carbon dioxide in the complete lifecycle of their cars, by taking steps toward using only renewables in their supply chain, production, usage and recycling sectors.
Volkswagen will be building their cars at two separate factories in China. The reason for building in China is due to a requirement that all auto manufacturers produce a certain percentage of electric cars there, or they will face hefty fines. This is due to China modeling their system after the EV mandates that California’s Air Resources Board put in place many years ago. Along with Ford, Honda, and BMW, Volkswagen have agreed to partner with California to build cleaner cars.
In related news, Ford has been experiencing growth in their electric car segment. They are planning to debut an electric SUV, which will be the company’s first consumer-friendly electric vehicle, and will have a range of over 300 miles per charge. Ford promises to deliver six more electric vehicles by 2022, including a version of the F-150 pickup.
Perhaps this is the push that electric vehicles need in order to become the industry standard. According to Yoann Le Petit, a spokesman for the T&E think tank, cars will emit, on average, about half the CO2 emissions of a diesel car by 2030. With that in mind, we can all motivate toward a future of cleaner vehicles.