Energy transition. The system changeover to e-mobility can only make sense if renewable energy is also expanded at the same time. Volkswagen supports a consistent energy transition and the use of green power for charging electric cars. Volkswagen has established its own eco-power supplier, its subsidiary Elli. Since the beginning of 2019, the company has been helping its customers in Germany to realize their own personal energy transition.
Volkswagen Naturstrom®. Elli supplies Volkswagen Naturstrom®, which comes 100percent from renewable sources. For each kilowatt-hour used by the customer, one kilowatt-hour of electric power from regenerative sources such as wind power, solar power or hydropower is fed to the grid. The power currently comes mainly from hydropower facilities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The carbon neutrality of Volkswagen Naturstrom® is verified and officially certified each year by TÜV Nord.
Wind and solar farms. Volkswagen and Elli are supporting the expansion of renewable energies and investing in the construction of their own carbon-neutral wind and solar farms at Volkswagen locations. One of the largest solar farms in northern Germany is already installed on the roof of the Wolfsburg plant. The Salzgitter wind farm currently under construction will have an output of 12 MW and an annual power generation figure of 35 gigawatt-hours. This would be sufficient to supply electric power to about 10,000 households with an average annual consumption of 3,500 kWh.
Eco-power in three clicks. Your personal energy transition could hardly be easier. On the Elli website, it only takes three clicks to select the appropriate eco-power tariff. Customers will need to enter their average annual power consumption, to answer the question of whether they have a battery electric vehicle and if so how many kilometers they drive per year. Thirdly they must enter their postcode. The system then automatically calculates the appropriate tariff.