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04/24/19
Wolfsburg
Volkswagen Group News

Electric Vehicles with Lowest CO2 Emissions

Story: From the well to the wheel
Carbon footprint: For the analysis, the life of a car is divided into three phases: production, use phase and recycling.
  • CO2 benefit proven through certified life-cycle assessment          
  • Further CO2 reduction planned through life-cycle engineering 
  • Progress is recorded with decarbonisation index

For the same vehicle models with different powertrains, the carbon footprint of the battery-powered E variants is already better than those of the corresponding vehicles with internal combustion engines. In addition, the electric vehicles offer a higher CO2-saving potential in all phases of the product cycle. Furthermore, it is of crucial importance for CO2 emissions whether the propulsion energy is generated from fossil or regenerative sources. This is the result of a certified life cycle assessment (LCA) of the Volkswagen Golf, which compares the CO2 emissions of the different vehicle versions with either an electric or an internal combustion engine.

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