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04/24/19
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From the well to the wheel

A holistic approach from start to finish: A vehicle’s environmental footprint reveals the sources of environmental pollution. Therefore, the analysis helps on the path to quickly achieving CO2-neutral mobility.

Story: From the well to the wheel
Preparing a life cycle assessment is a time-consuming task that requires a complex and in-depth analysis of each component.
Carbon footprint: For the analysis, the life of a car is divided into three phases: production, use phase and recycling.
Comparison of the carbon footprint of the e-Golf and Golf diesel: The e-Golf has a better CO2 balance after approximately 125,000 kilometers.
Hot spots in the manufacturing of the Volkswagen ID. The battery generates 40 percent of CO2 emissions. LCA now helps to discover optimization potential, for example by using green power to produce the battery cell.
The CO2 balance of an electric car depends on the energy mix (Calculations based on 2017 data).
A closed loop that ultimately reduces the environmental impact to the greatest possible extent: At the end of the car’s life is recycling. A pilot recycling facility for lithium-ion batteries is currently being established at the Volkswagen site in Salzgitter.