With the ID., Volkswagen shows that – despite all challenges – many advances are already possible. The compact electric car, which will go into production at the end of the year, will be the Group's first model to be produced in a balance sheet that is CO2-neutral. This will be made possible, among other things, by the consistent avoidance and reduction of CO2 emissions in the supply chain. A savings potential of roundabout one third was identified for the first step alone by the end of 2019. Currently unavoidable CO2 emissions are offset by investments in certified climate protection projects elsewhere.
Battery production with green power
First of all, Volkswagen is achieving major CO2 improvements in the production of battery cells, one of the hotspots in the supply chain. Their production has been very energy-intensive so far, due to various factors – among other things, a lot of electricity is consumed during the drying of the materials, which are applied in liquid form to a film. The so-called energetic backpack for battery production is a burden on the CO2 balance, especially in countries that have a high proportion of fossil fuels in their electricity mix.
Within the production cycle of the ID., it is therefore very important that the battery cells are produced with green power. They are supplied by LG Chem, which is setting up a production facility in Poland for this purpose. A long time ago, Volkswagen already fixed an agreement with this Korean company, that only certified green power would be used to manufacture the battery cells. By doing so, CO2 emissions will be reduced to almost zero.