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  • Story: Dune Buggy: Small Car, Boundless Freedom

    Dune Buggy: Small Car, Boundless Freedom

    Cool, compact, cuddly: the dune buggy still inspires enthusiasm. But what constitutes this very special buggy feeling?
  • 07/15/19

    “Self-driving Cars Present a Great Opportunity”

    Alexander Hitzinger, Board of Management member for Development at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, is responsible for developing autonomous driving at the Volkswagen Group. In an interview, he talks about the cooperation with Ford, technological challenges and future business models.
  • 07/12/19

    "We want to establish MEB as an industry standard"

    Volkswagen and Ford intensify their strategic alliance. In an interview, Volkswagen’s CEO explains the Group’s three strategic goals.
  • 07/04/19

    "The smile comes automatically"

    When Klaus Bischoff, Chief Designer of the Volkswagen brand, talks about the ID. BUGGY, he gets enthousiastic. An interview about old vehicles, new design and emotional e-cars.
  • 06/27/19

    "I’ve got 1,500 cars in Berlin"

    WeShare – the pure electric car sharing from Volkswagen – has been launched. Vanessa Petre Linbenciuc has already tried out the sustainable ervice in Berlin. A field report.
  • 06/26/19

    Easy as a smartphone

    Full speed ahead: Volkswagen Group is fully committed to the breakthrough of e-mobility. But there are many questions and sometimes even fears surrounding electro mobility. The most important questions and answers about electric cars and charging.
  • 06/19/19

    Combatting “Charging Anxiety”

    Leaders of the German car industry will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel on June 24. Their agenda will include the expansion of Germany’s charging infrastructure. We spoke with Professor Henning Kagermann, who chairs the National Platform Future of Mobility (NPM).
  • 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.
  • 06/06/19

    „We want a quick success for e-mobility"

    Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand responsible for E-Mobility, explains how Volkswagen is driving the breakthrough of e-mobility and which German city has the best charging network to offer.
  • 06/04/19

    An emission-free record

    The Volkswagen ID.R is the fastest electric vehicle ever to complete a lap of the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife. We have first impressions of the record run, plus two new videos: the complete run from cockpit- and helicopter perspective, amongst others.
  • 05/29/19

    Breaking down the prejudices ...

    The automotive industry is currently in the midst of the biggest change in its history as it attempts to establish emissions-free vehicles across the globe. Electric mobility is a key piece of technology in this process. However, it is still met with a great deal of scepticism. The majority of electric mobility’s critics focus on low driving ranges, a lack of fun behind the wheel, and poor charging infrastructure. So, are these prejudices against electric mobility actually justified?
  • 05/28/19

    Worldwide subsidiaries for e-cars

    In many countries there are incentives for switching to electric mobility: financial incentives, tax savings or bureaucratic advantages. An overview.
  • 05/28/19

    12 myths of e-mobility

  • 05/27/19

    Joachim Löw, Herbert Diess, and the ID.3

    The Volkswagen CEO and the German national soccer coach drive together through Berlin in the all new ID.3
  • 05/23/19

    Goosebumps guaranteed!

    Romain Dumas chases the lap record for electric vehicles on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with the ID.R. During the trackwalk, the Frenchman explains a few key points of probably the most challenging race track in the world. In addition, check out our three videos, cruising the Nordschleife with Romain Dumas, amongst others.
  • 05/17/19

    “We must join forces for e-mobility, now!”

    The transition to e-mobility is in full swing, and Volkswagen is one of its pioneers. In an interview, Professor Friedrich Prinz from Stanford University explains what remains to be done.
  • 05/14/19

    Six advantages of the MEB

    Volkswagen has opened its modular electric drive matrix (German abbreviation: "MEB") to other manufacturers. This makes production cheaper, but also offers further advantages. You will find the six most important ones below:
  • 05/08/19

    "E-mobility for all"

    With its new electric models, Volkswagen is taking a new path in sales as well: customers can now pre-book the special edition of the ID.3* – a full year before its market launch. In our interview, Board Member for Sales Jürgen Stackmann talks about e-mobility that is suitable for daily use, sales targets and the start of a new era.
  • 05/06/19

    This is electric!

    The plant in Zwickau is preparing for e-mobility. The training program for its 3,000 production workers starts with a challenging act of liberation.
  • 04/23/19

    Charged Up

    Volkswagen is restructuring its Zwickau plant to produce electric cars, and investing 1.2 billion euros into this highly modern site in Saxony. The project is taking three years and is rather complex – because production keeps on going.
  • 04/17/19

    For the lifetime of a car

    Frank Blome heads Volkswagen’s Center of Excellence for Battery Cells. In this interview he explains how batteries are changing the automobile, what drivers should know about charging their e-cars and what advances we can expect to see in the next generations of battery technology.
  • 04/15/19

    Four world premieres in Shanghai

    The curiosity is immense. The stage is even bigger. And the surprises were a great success, too. Volkswagen presented an incredible four world premieres in a single evening, on the eve of the Auto Shanghai. “That’s not normal,” says marketing chief Jürgen Stackmann, his face beaming. “I can not remember ever experiencing a night like this.”
  • 04/05/19

    Is lithium replaceable?

    Why is lithium so important for the production of electric car batteries? How will Volkswagen secure a sustainable supply chain? We provide the answers and explain with five graphics the importance of this well-sought after alkali metal.
  • 04/03/19

    Travelling with radar and laser

    More than a few denizens of the city have been pleasantly astonished by the sight of autonomous e-Golfs* driving on the streets of Hamburg. The driver only grabs the wheel in exceptional circumstances. The car is testing autonomous driving!
  • 03/18/19

    “We need a master plan!”

    Thomas Ulbrich, the Board Member responsible for e-mobility at Volkswagen, promotes a collaboration between the automotive industry and politicians in Berlin. There he addressed the congress of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) – and met with members of Germany’s Green party, also known as "Bündnis 90/Die Grünen".
  • 03/12/19

    "Decarbonization" - WHAT?

    Decarbonization is important to halt climate change. But what exactly is behind it? And what is Volkswagen doing about it?
  • 03/07/19

    Searching the sound

    Combustion engines have dominated sound design in the automotive sector right from the start. But in the age of e-mobility, car interiors have become spaces of calm that call for design. We talked to two experts on the subject. Reading time: About 5 minutes
  • 02/21/19

    The magic of the mix

    Volkswagen is banking on electric cars to achieve overall carbon-neutral mobility. We explain why the energy mix is so important. And how the company is already using and offering sustainable electricity.
  • 02/20/19

    Lithium to lithium, manganese to manganese

    In the future, Volkswagen will offer e-mobility for all – and will assume overall responsibility: from the concepts for the vehicles, through production, sales and operations on to recycling. For this reason, a pilot plant for battery recycling is currently being set up at Salzgitter factory, south-west of Braunschweig, Germany.
  • 02/19/19

    Likeable, discreet, and pure

    What’s the aesthetic core values of the ID. family? What role does augmented reality play in daily work? And which is his favourite member of the ID. Family? Volkswagen chief designer Klaus Bischoff gives the answers, in writing and in a video.
  • 02/15/19

    The mega potential of the supply chain

    Volkswagen is doing everything in its power to make its contribution to achieving the Paris climate targets. CO2-neutral components and raw materials play an important role. Check this overview and three info graphics.
  • 02/14/19

    Clean mobility: It's possible!

    Volkswagen wants to do its part for climate protection. The road to getting there leads through a holistic e-mobility concept. Read all about the most important facts, together with two videos and five info graphics.
  • 02/13/19

    E-Mobility: Eight questions and answers

    The Volkswagen trade fair warehouse in Isenbuettel, about 16 kilometers west of Wolfsburg: On a typical day, this is home to furniture and items for use at trade fairs worldwide. It was here that Volkswagen recently opened its doors to about 5,000 Volkswagen dealers from all over Europe to prepare them for the market launch of the ID. The manufacturer wants to get its sales team ready for the era of e-mobility. But not only dealers are present at this peek into the future of e-mobility. Everybody in attendance must observe the highest level of secrecy, as some of the vehicles on display in the trade fair warehouse will not be launched on the market until several years from now. Certain details about vehicles and plans must remain confidential for reasons of competition, as is normal at such events.
  • 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.
  • 01/31/19

    Return of a legend

    Elvis, James Bond and Steve McQueen, they all drove it: The dune buggy of the 1970s. The cult-classic car returns – this time all-electric. The new MEB-based Volkswagen study is celebrating its premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show.
  • 01/31/19

    "We are open to e-collaboration"

    Volkswagen is ready to open its new MEB electric platform to other manufacturers, thus reducing the costs of electric cars. Michael Jost, Head of Strategy for Volkswagen, highlighted this approach.
  • 01/28/19

    Yesterday an engine plant – today an e-pioneer

    The Salzgitter plant is getting ready for electric drives. While one of the 86 production lines is still used for building heavy six-cylinder engines, among other things, the workers next door are making a fist-sized electric pump.
  • 01/25/19

    Political visit at the e-car plant

    SPD chairwoman Andrea Nahles and Federal Labour Minister Hubertus Heil informed themselves in Zwickau about the progress and challenges of the transformation into Europes largest electric car plant.
  • 01/24/19

    CO2: The top facts

    The debate about how to effectively reduce CO2 emissions is ongoing. What exactly is carbon dioxide? Who is responsible for emitting the most emissions? What is the Volkswagen Group doing in order to protect the environment? And what about the current suggestions regarding speed limits or higher fuel prices? We clarify.
  • 01/14/19

    Manufacturing e-cars on three continents

    Volkswagen is expanding production capacities for its electric offensive. Beginning in late 2019, the company will build the future generation of electric vehicles in Europe, Asia and its U.S. plant in Chattanooga.
  • 01/09/19

    Coming up: Green energy by Volkswagen

    Volkswagen is intensifying its electric offensive by adding services for the charging process for electric vehicles. In just a few weeks, customers will be able to get green power from a newly established company called the Elli Group. Elli stands for electric life.
  • 01/04/19

    “We open a new charging center nearly every day”

    Volkswagen is pressing ahead with its electric offensive. The ID. family, a new generation of electric vehicles, will be launched next year. IONITY from Munich will play an important role in putting in place the charging infrastructure. The GmbH is a joint venture of BMW, Daimler, Ford, and Volkswagen. We talked to Michael Hajesch, CEO at IONITY.
  • 12/19/18

    Undercover in South Africa

    Approval drive with the all-electric ID. in South Africa: At the end of 2019, the first model based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) goes into production. The final testing phase has begun.
  • 12/18/18

    Board member for a week

    What does a board member do? What does his week look like? Thanks to the Volkswagen Role Model Program, a young administrator looked over the shoulder of Thomas Ulbrich.
  • 12/10/18

    Partner for a New Era

    The all-electric, fully networked ID. will debut in 2020. Roughly 30 suppliers gathered for “MEB Supplier Day,” including representatives from Elektrobit Automotive GmbH. Together with other companies, they are working on the software for the ID.
  • 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.
  • 12/04/18

    German energy mix slows down e-mobility

    To coincide with the Auto Summit in Wolfsburg, Herbert Diess published an article in the German daily paper "Handelsblatt" which he discussed the contribution of the automotive industry to environmental and climate protection.
  • 11/15/18

    "We want to make the e-car popular"

    Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand, "E-Mobility" Division, on the opportunities offered by e-mobility, Volkswagen's role and the largest qualification offensive in the company's history.
  • 11/15/18

    All about Europe’s most efficient e-car factory

    Volkswagen is actively promoting its electric offensive, thus creating global production capacities for one million electric cars. The center of the transformation is Zwickau in Saxony
  • 11/14/18

    Biggest qualification program, ever

    At the Zwickau plant, Volkswagen will train almost all of the 7,700 employees between 2019 and 2021 for the production of electric vehicles. The expense is immense – but justified. Ultimately, Zwickau will take the lead in production of e-models.
  • 11/13/18

    E-Mobility for everybody? Just like this ...

    Volkswagen wants to make e-mobility affordable and attractive for millions of customers. The core of the e-mobility iniative: new models at low prices, significantly greater range and innovations in charging infrastructure.
  • 11/13/18

    Car city Zwickau: From Horch to e-mobility

    Zwickau has been considered the cradle of the Saxon automotive industry for 114 years. By 2020, the Volkswagen Group will develop the site to become Europe’s largest competence center for electromobility. A chronicle.
  • 11/12/18

    Charged up for more than 40 years

    Volkswagen has a history of electric mobility? There’s probably not much to tell yet, some might think. But the reality is somewhat different: Volkswagen began conducting research into purely electrically powered vehicles back in the early 1970s.
  • 10/19/18

    Only e-cars: First factory in China

    The electrification strategy of the Volkswagen Group China is rapidly gaining pace on the world’s biggest market for e-mobility. In Zwickau, Germany, the group-wide largest production line is currently being built, scheduled to start production of the electric ID car in summer 2019.
  • 10/08/18

    Powerful and scalable

    Volkswagen wants to make e-mobility attractive for millions of customers. The new battery system developed for the Mo-dular e-drive modular system helps to achieve this - with scalable ranges between 330 and more than 550 kilometers.
  • 09/26/18

    How to charge an e-vehicle? — It’s easy!

    Volkswagen is not only developing electromobility of the future, but also the related infrastructure. Worries about range, the availability of charging stations and long charging times will be a thing of the past.
  • 09/20/18

    Just unveiled: The new ID. chassis!

    For the first time, Volkswagen presents the chassis of the world’s first fully connected, fully functional e-vehicle family. Production will start in late 2019.
  • 09/18/18

    All about the MEB

    What is the new modular electric drive matrix (MEB) capable of? And why is it key to the success of Volkswagen’s “ELECTRIC FOR ALL” vision? An overview.
  • 09/14/18

    "Now the crucial phase begins!"

    From Monday on, it is all about e-mobility at Volkswagen. In Dresden, more details of the ID.-family will be revealed. At the same time, the brand new communication campaign “electric for all” starts. We talked about that with Thomas Ulbrich, member of the board of management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for e-mobility and Christian Senger, responsible for the development of the all-electric architecture.
  • 07/26/18

    Future Running High

    The ID. R Pikes Peak races at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
  • 05/30/18

    Ready to Peak

  • 05/24/18

    Every gram counts

  • 04/30/18

    No words needed

  • 04/23/18

    Next step on the way up

  • 03/16/18

    Diversity is Key

  • 03/15/18

    Innovations have to have a human touch

    The Motor Show in Geneva is open for visitors until Sunday. The Volkswagen booth presents its Volkswagen Move Forward talk every day. Experts answer questions on the future of mobility, the future in the digital world, and intelligent driving solutions in the future.  Presenter, Sarah Elsser, describes her personal experience of the talks at the Volkswagen exhibition booth to us here. 
  • 03/10/18

    Right on Schedule for E-Mobility

    Volkswagen is making excellent progress. In 2017, the brand sold more cars than ever before – a clear indication of rebounding consumer faith. That is why brand chief Herbert Diess will be able to announce a powerful acceleration of business when he presents last year's results in Wolfsburg on the 14th of March, 2018. The new year started well, too, with positive sales figures and an impressive trade show appearance in Geneva, surrounding the new flagship of electro-mobility, the ID. VIZZION.
  • 02/15/18

    To Fill or to Charge

  • 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?
  • 01/31/18

    Interview and Portrait

  • 01/31/18

    Monsieur 100,000 horsepower

  • 01/31/18

    ‘Like the surface of the moon'

    Pikes Peak driver Romain Dumas on the world's most famous hill climb
  • 12/29/17

    The perfect trio

  • 10/19/17

    Back to the Peak