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  • 11/27/19

    Volkswagen delivers 100,000th e-Golf

    Volkswagen yesterday delivered the 100,000th e-Golf in the Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden. The model was launched in 2014 as the Volkswagen brand’s second battery electric vehicle (BEV) after the e-up! (2013). The e-Golf is one of the most successful electric vehicles in Europe and is also popular with customers in other countries – including the USA. The new ID.3 will be assembled in Dresden from fall 2020. In addition, the location is to be made even more attractive as a destination for visitors and customers.
  • 10/29/19

    First for Africa: Volkswagen and Siemens launch joint electric mobility pilot project in Rwanda

    In a first for the African continent, the Volkswagen Brand has launched a pilot project in partnership with Siemens to test the feasibility of electric mobility in an African country.
  • 09/26/19

    “Mille Miglia Green”: new e-up! starts at the first e-mobility edition of the famous contest

    The Mille Miglia is without doubt one of the most legendary classic car rallies worldwide. The “Mille Miglia Green” is a completely new event that borrows the original idea of long-distance racing – but only electric and hybrid vehicles are permitted to compete. The first edition of the competition starts next weekend (27–29 September). Just like the traditional event for classic models, it starts in Brescia – and the new e-up! with increased range will be taking part, as well as two electrified e-Beetles.
  • 09/10/19

    IAA 2019: Volkswagen launches the breakthrough for electric vehicles with the ID.3’s world premiere

    The future is rarely as tangible as at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt: the new ID.3 from Volkswagen – the first fully electric production car of the all-new ID. family. Its base price will be less than €30,000. The ID.3 has the potential to usher in a new era of large-scale electric mobility production. “The ID.3 is the world’s first electric car with a CO2-neutral footprint. Consequently, it is making its mark: for innovative technology, for the freedom of individual mobility and for climate protection”, Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand, explained at IAA today.
  • 09/05/19

    e-up! for everyone – new generation of the electric e-up! with a long range to be launched at a low price

    Volkswagen is making electric mobility affordable for everyone with the new e-up!. At €21,975 (minus subsidies) the base price is lower than that of the predecessor model. A particularly appealing offer will also be available upon the pre-sales launch: lease the e-up! at a monthly rate of only €159 excluding extra payments between 18 September and 31 October 2019 (in Germany). Increased range: thanks to a new battery system, the range of the e-up! has now increased to up to 260 km. It’s important to note that, despite its compact dimensions, the e-up! is a fully fledged vehicle for four occupants. It offers smart mobility and zero-emission driving for companies, company car drivers and private motorists.
  • 06/27/19

    Volkswagen WeShare launched in Berlin as full-electric service

    Volkswagen is entering the growing car sharing sector. WeShare is being launched in Berlin today. With 1,500 e-Golf vehicles, the Volkswagen brand is bringing onto the roads a 100 percent electric fleet and all the vehicles will be operated on green power. They are to be followed by 500 additional e-up! vehicles at the beginning of next year and the first units of Volkswagen’s new full-electric ID.3 when it is introduced in mid-2020. WeShare is a “free-floating” system without rental stations and is operated digitally via an app. An expansion of WeShare, initially to Prague, together with ŠKODA, and then to Hamburg, is planned for 2020.
  • 06/19/19

    Volkswagen and Schwarz Group to be strategic e-partners

    Shortly before the market launch of its full-electric car sharing service WeShare in Berlin at the end of June, Volkswagen has concluded a strategic partnership with the Lidl and Kaufland supermarket chains, which are owned by the Schwarz Group. The food retailers are to install 140 public charging stations for the electric vehicles of their customers at 60 Lidl and 10 Kaufland branches in the German capital. Volkswagen is to receive the exclusive right to use the new infrastructure for charging its WeShare fleet overnight outside opening hours, which will make the utilization of the charging stations more efficient. The additional charging points at Lidl and Kaufland outlets will boost the public charging infrastructure in Berlin by almost 20 percent.
  • Volkswagen tests highly-automated driving in Hamburg

    Volkswagen Group Research is testing automated vehicles in urban traffic in Hamburg. This is the first time Volkswagen has begun to test automated driving to Level 4 at real driving conditions in a major German city. From now, a fleet of five e-Golf, equipped with laser scanners, cameras, ultrasonic sensors and radars, will drive on a three-kilometer section of the digital test bed for automated and connected driving in the Hanseatic city. The results of the test drives, which will be continuously evaluated taking full account of all data protection rules, will be incorporated in the Group’s numerous research projects on automated driving, and will test customer-centric services and optimize individual transport.
  • 03/14/19

    Volkswagen 4.0 – the production systems of tomorrow are being developed in the Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden

    The Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden is continuing to develop into the Volkswagen Group’s primary test location for trialling innovative technologies. In conjunction with the Wolfsburg and Emden factories, the Gläserne Manufaktur is part of a “technical centre” project. The primary idea is to achieve automation of complex work steps within assembly. The special challenge is that the testing and development takes place on an ongoing basis during production of the e-Golf in the Gläserne Manufaktur. The first project at the Dresden site is a world first – the headliner for the e-Golf is now being fitted by a robot as standard. This manufacturing step will also be used in production of the ID. from the end of 2019 at Volkswagen’s Zwickau plant.
  • 01/24/19

    ADAC EcoTest 2018: e-Golf and e-up! are the best

    The e-Golf wins the ADAC EcoTest, proving it is one of the cleanest cars in 2018. Placing second was the fully electric e-up!, designed for city driving. Volkswagen’s two latest electric models thus claim one of the most coveted prizes for new vehicles. Introduced in 2003, the ADAC EcoTest is one of the toughest car emissions tests.
  • 01/10/19

    Only at Volkswagen: customers can assemble their own e-Golf in the Transparent Factory in Dresden

    Customers can now get a much closer look at their e-Golf during production. In the Transparent Factory, you can accompany your future vehicle a part of the way along the production line. Under the expert guidance of the factory’s employees, the customer is able to actively get involved at four stations, e.g. when installing the dash panel. Other places where the customer can experience the assembly of their vehicle include joining the drive train to the body (“marriage”) and installing the front radiator grille. With the new possibility of accompanying production, the Volkswagen Transparent Factory in Dresden is expanding its range of services in respect of the electric mobility experience.
  • 08/23/18

    Volkswagen starts “We Share” e-mobility car sharing in Berlin

    The Volkswagen brand is to launch an extensive all-electric car sharing offering in selected major cities under its “We Share” sub-brand. The first fleet of vehicles will be rolled out in the German capital Berlin, and will comprise 1,500 e-Golf when the service begins operating in the second quarter of 2019, with an additional 500 e-up! following later. These vehicles will gradually be replaced by the first models from the new Volkswagen ID. family from 2020. Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Sales, commented: “We want to motivate young, urban users to engage with e-mobility. The people of Berlin will be the first to enjoy the electrifying experience of our ’We Share’ car sharing offering.”
  • 07/16/18

    ID. R Pikes Peak thrills fans with record run at Goodwood

    The ID. R Pikes Peak has wrapped up its next record. Romain Dumas (F) set a new record for electric cars of 43.86 seconds in Volkswagen’s first fully-electric racing car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Following his record-breaking exploits at the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb just three weeks ago, Dumas beat the previous fastest time for electric cars on the Goodwood Hillclimb, which has stood since 2013, by 3.48 seconds. The all-time record still belongs to Nick Heidfeld (D). The former Formula 1 driver completed the 1.86-kilometre route in 41.6 seconds at the wheel of a McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 Formula 1 car in 1999.
  • 06/13/18

    AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Award 2018: Volkswagen honoured as the most innovative high-volume brand

    The Volkswagen brand has been named the Most Innovative High-volume Brand for the third time in a row. The Group’s core brand was also presented with other awards in the categories ‘Alternative Drives’, ‘Autonomous Driving’ and ‘Safety and Conventional Drives’. The awards are presented annually by the Center of Automotive Management (an independent scientific institute), in cooperation with audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. The award decisions are based on the study AutomotiveINNOVATIONS, a jointly conducted study that has been analysing the innovation profiles and future trends of various automotive brands for the past seven years within the context of technical vehicle innovations.
  • 12/21/17

    Volkswagen Sachsen reduces environmental footprint using Naturstrom® hydropower

    The Volkswagen brand is stepping up the use of renewable energy in production with a view to further reducing its environmental footprint. Starting this year, the three production plants of Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH have been supplied with Volkswagen Naturstrom® electric power from 100% renewable sources by VW Kraftwerk GmbH. This measure is playing its part in meeting the target of Volkswagen's Think Blue. Factory environmental program to produce each vehicle and component in a way which is 45 percent more environmentally compatible in 2025 than in the base year of 2010.
  • 07/06/17

    Awards for Volkswagen from April to June

    Plus X Award 2017: Volkswagen named 'Most Innovative Brand 2017' once again.
  • 04/27/17

    Volkswagen at the 38th Vienna Motor Symposium: Large-scale move to electric power, coasting 2.0 and natural gas propulsion

    Electric power, natural gas propulsion and a new coasting function for internal combustion engines – at the 38th Vienna Motor Symposium starting today, Volkswagen is presenting solutions for the CO2-neutral, sustainable mobility of the future. In the case of electric power, the spectrum ranges from the new, affordable micro hybrid system all the way to further optimised battery-powered propulsion. For the first time, Volkswagen is presenting a coasting function for internal combustion engines with a 'Coasting - Engine off' function that shuts off the engine completely. The company is going on the offensive on the natural gas front as well – with a new, compact three-cylinder engine for the Polo.
  • 04/03/17

    Following modifications to plant, first e-Golf rolls off production line at Transparent Factory in Dresden

    Following six months of work on modifications to the Transparent Factory, the first e-Golf rolled off the production line today. In the presence of Kai Siedlatzek, Managing Director of Volkswagen Sachsen responsible for Finance, the plant management and the Works Council of the Volkswagen plant in Dresden, the first vehicle was released for delivery to a customer in Norway. The first e-Golf, painted in "oryx white pearlescent", h as a power output of 100 kW (136 PS). The power consumption is 12.7 kWh/100 km. In the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC2), the vehicle has a range of 300 kilometers. Production is to continue at the main Golf plant in Wolfsburg as well as in Dresden. Volkswagen has invested €20 million here. In addition, Dresden's most powerful public solar-powered e-mobility charging station has been commissioned in front of the Transparent Factory. For one year, four electric vehicles will be able to recharge their batteries here at the same time free of charge.
  • 02/24/17

    Milestone at Volkswagen's main plant in Wolfsburg 44 million vehicles produced

    Precisely 44 million vehicles have left Volkswagen's main plant in Wolfsburg since production started about 72 years ago. The record vehicle, a Dark Iron Golf GTE, rolled off the production line today in the presence of the plant management, the Works Council and employees.
  • 02/20/17

    The new e-Golf can now be ordered

    One by one, the new Golf models are becoming available for customer orders. The range is now being completed by the new e-Golf with an all-electric drive system. Compared to its predecessor, the new version offers more power, longer range and extended standard features. Prices for the zero-emission model start at € 35.900 (in Germany).
  • 11/17/16

    World premiere in Los Angeles: New e-Golf with up to 300 kilometres driving range

    Volkswagen is presenting the latest generation of the e-Golf in a world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Compared to its predecessor, the new zero-emission vehicle offers more power, longer range and innovative features. Decisive here is its increased driving range. In terms of an annual average that is relevant to customers, the e-Golf will now cover up to 200 kilometres or more in everyday driving on one battery charge – depending on driving style and the use of air conditioning. This represents a range extension of around 50 per cent.

Stories

09/30/19

Silently through the countryside

Is e-mobility only suitable for short drives in town? The Maribondo da Floresta foundation in rural northern Germany shows that this isn’t the case. We visit an extraordinary business group.
09/13/19

Little money, large range

The e-up! is the ideal car for the city and commuters alike: up to 260 kilometers of practical range are possible thanks to the greater energy content of the battery. But this is by no means the only incentive to buy the car ...
06/11/19

He just keeps rolling!

On December 23, 2014, Jürgen Bäumer gave himself the biggest Christmas present ever: he bought one of the very first e-Golfs in Germany. And today? The car just keeps on rolling.
02/07/19

Best Man at his e-Golf’s wedding

It is environmentally friendly and economical, the e-Golf*. The Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden is now offering customers a special look behind the scenes.
12/05/18

What's the pastor raving about?

Electric cars are only good for city driving? Wrong! Car sharing only works for an urban, app-friendly target group? Wrong! A small municipality near Bremen is proving that e-car sharing in rural areas can be a success.
02/08/18

300 Kilometers is sufficient, isn't it?

Modern electric cars like the new Volkswagen e-Golf achieve an operating radius of about 300 km. It's no secret that comparable diesel or gasoline models can drive much further with a full tank. But really, who actually has a problem with that?

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