As much as we laud automakers for doing whatever they can to make their cars more efficient and kinder to the environment, the truth is that the cars themselves account for a very small part of the overall footprint that manufacturers leave on the planet.
This is why Rimac built its new HQ to be entirely carbon-neutral, and others are following suit. Porsche is doing what it can and Bugatti has committed to carbon neutrality too. Now Volkswagen has outlined its plans for the same goal, under the project name Way to Zero, which will see the brand “decarbonizing the company and its products.”
Volkswagen has already begun building cleaner cars with the ID.4 and its recently revealed high-performance GTX sibling, but the company is still setting greater goals. Like Bugatti, VW intends to be net carbon neutral by 2050 at the latest. In the meantime, it wants to reduce CO2 emissions per vehicle in Europe by 40 percent before 2030 rolls around, a 10 percent lower target than the Volkswagen Group as a whole is aiming for. If it achieves this goal, Volkswagen says that the average VW would emit around 17 tons less CO2. But as we said at the outset, the cars are just one link in the chain.
“As well as accelerating the transition to e-mobility, the production (including supply chain) and operation of electric cars are to be made net carbon neutral,” says Volkswagen. “Added to this is the systematic recycling of the high-voltage batteries from old electric vehicles.”
Along with including battery housings and wheel rims made from green aluminum, tires from low-emission production, and VW’s goal of only using green electricity at all plants besides those in China by 2030, the brand is setting a great example.