Volkswagen Takes Holistic Approach to e-Mobility With Launch for Ultra Low Carbon Car

Volkswagen Takes Holistic Approach to e-Mobility With Launch for Ultra Low 
Carbon Car 
TRAVERSE CITY, MI  -- (Marketwired) -- 08/05/14 --   


 
--  Volkswagen partners with 3Degrees® to purchase carbon offsets in
    California and around the United States to cover certain greenhouse gas
    (GHG) emissions associated with 2015 e-Golf models
--  SunPower® selected as VW's official solar energy partner, providing
    eligible e-Golf® owners the opportunity to achieve the electricity
    savings and power management capabilities of its high performance solar
    solutions
--  Bosch Automotive Service Solutions® selected as VW's preferred home-
    charging and installation services provider
--  ChargePoint® selected to provide charging stations to VW dealer network
    and to provide U.S. e-Golf owners access to consumers to over 18,000
    charging stations nationwide

 
Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced further plans in its
holistic approach to e-mobility at the Management Briefing Seminar,
hosted by the Center for Automotive Research. Starting with the
launch of the zero-tailpipe emissions 2015 e-Golf model, Volkswagen
will invest in carbon reduction projects to offset emissions created
from e-Golf production, distribution and up to approximately 36,000
miles of driving. Volkswagen also named SunPower as the official
solar energy partner power provider. Through these innovative
collaborations, Volkswagen will be one of the first high-volume
manufacturers to deliver a truly holistic approach to
ultra-low-carbon mobility. The 2015 e-Golf will go on sale later this
year at participating dealerships in select states. 
To help determine its carbon offset projects, Volkswagen is proud to
announce it has teamed with 3Degrees, a renewable energy and carbon
offset services provider. The partnership brings new meaning to the
idea of an ultra-low carbon car. By investing in carbon reduction
programs, Volkswagen will offset the e-Golf's greenhouse gas (GHG)
emissions that result from its production, distribution and from the
estimated emissions produced from keeping the vehicle charged through
the initial 36,000 miles of the vehicle's life. Volkswagen of America
chose to include carbon reduction efforts in California and in Texas
with projects geared towards forestry conservation and landfill gas
capture. 
"Volkswagen feels it is important to look beyond the benefits of
driving a vehicle without tailpipe emissions and to take a holistic
approach to e-mobility," said Oliver Schmidt, general manager,
Environment and Engineering Office, Volkswagen Group of America. "We
now have the ability to offer offsets that approximate the emissions
created from production, distribution and the initial 36,000 miles of
use." 
Volkswagen-supported projects include:  
Garcia River Forestry Project
The Garcia River Conservation-Based Forest Management Project,
located in Mendocino County, Calif., protects and preserves a
24,000-acre native redwood forest, increasing carbon sequestration
and storage, while also helping to restore the natural wildlife
habitat. Emission reductions produced by the project are verified by
an approved third party and registered with the Climate Action
Reserve. More information on the project can be found at:
http://www.conservationfund.org/projects/garcia-river-forest/ 
Big River and Salmon Creek Forests
The Big River and Salmon Creek Forests, located in Mendocino County,
Calif., were subject historically to land fragmentation and
unsustainable logging practices. In an effort to protect the native
redwood and Douglas fir forest, the land is now protected through a
16,000-acre land purchase, which was funded in part by the carbon
offsets it offers to organizations like Volkswagen. Emission
reductions produced by the project are verified by an approved third
party and registered with the Climate Action Reserve. More
information on the project can be found at: http://www.conservationfu
nd.org/projects/big-river-and-salmon-creek-forests/ 
McKinney Landfill
The McKinney Landfill project, based at a closed landfill in
McKinney, Texas, works to capture gases that would otherwise be
emitted into the atmosphere from anaerobic decomposition within the
landfill. Benefits from the capture include odor reduction, improved
water quality and future distributed renewable energy production. The
sale of carbon offsets supports the gas collection and flaring
project. The emission reductions are validated, verified and
registered using the Climate Action Reserve's Landfill Project
Protocol. More information on the project can be found at:
http://www.3degreesinc.com/projects/carbon-offset-projects/mckinney 
"Volkswagen is showing leadership by including carbon offsets
standard with this e-Golf electric vehicle," said Steve McDougal,
President of 3Degrees. "As more people choose low and no emission
cars, Volkswagen is making it possible -- and easy -- to think
comprehensively about the greenhouse gas emissions profile of a
vehicle." 
Providing Solar Energy Solutions, Partnering with SunPower 
As part of Volkswagen's efforts to deliver an ultra-low-carbon car,
the company is working with SunPower to provide qualified U.S.
Volkswagen e-Golf customers the opportunity to install a high
performance SunPower solar system. A residential SunPower system can
help customers save on annual household electricity costs as well as
power their electric vehicle, reducing overall cost of ownership. 
Volkswagen Group of America is SunPower's first automotive partner
whose customers will receive premier access to an energy storage
solution from SunPower for a limited time once it becomes
commercially available. Combining solar with energy storage will help
provide homeowners peace-of-mind and opportunity to access back-up
power during a power outage.  
"Investing in a residential SunPower solar system is a reliable,
cost-effective way for Volkswagen customers to help manage household
electricity costs and charge their electric vehicle with
emissions-free energy," said Tom Werner, president and CEO of
SunPower. "Partnering with Volkswagen is a natural fit for SunPower,
given our shared passion for delivering innovative, alternative
energy solutions that help customers power their lives sustainably,
and for the long term."  
Charging Solutions  
Volkswagen's holistic approach to e-mobility also extends to the
ownership experience. The company recently announced that Bosch
Automotive Service Solutions will serve as a charging station and
installation services partner for the e-Golf. Bosch® will provide a
240-volt charging unit, the Power Max® charging station, as well as
full-service installation for qualified e-Golf drivers. The charging
station and installation will be offered at highly competitive prices
to e-Golf customers. 
Additionally, Volkswagen has selected ChargePoint® to complete the
owner experience by providing all authorized e-Golf dealerships with
VW-branded charging stations and by giving e-Golf drivers access to
the largest network of public EV charging stations. As a result,
e-Golf drivers will have access to over 18,000 ChargePoint stations
around the U.S., in addition to those stations installed at
authorized VW dealerships. All e-Golf drivers will also get access to
the ChargePoint mobile app, which will help them navigate to
ChargePoint stations, see real-time status updates relating to
ChargePoint stations and start charging sessions.  
The 2015 e-Golf will go on sale later this year at participating
dealerships in select US states and will bring zero-tailpipe
emissions to the Golf family of vehicles.  
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA), is headquartered in
Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered
in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA's operations in the United States include
research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts
distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial
service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in
Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's
largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker.
VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta,
Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through
approximately 640 independent U.S. dealers. 
About 3Degrees 
3Degrees provides renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets to
Fortune 500® companies, green building firms, and other organizations
committed to sustainability. In addition, 3Degrees partners with
utilities across the nation to offer customized green power options
to approximately 25 million customers. A six-time winner of the
DOE/EPA Green Power Supplier of the Year Award and certified B
Corporation, 3Degrees is headquartered in San Francisco, California,
with regional offices throughout the U.S. To learn more, visit
3degreesinc.com 
About SunPower 
SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) designs, manufactures and delivers the
highest efficiency, highest reliability solar panels and systems
available today. Residential, business, government and utility
customers rely on the company's quarter century of experience and
guaranteed performance to provide maximum return on investment
throughout the life of the solar system. Headquartered in San Jose,
Calif., SunPower has offices in North America, Europe, Australia,
Africa and Asia. For more information, visit www.sunpower.com.  
About Bosch
In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and
markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket solutions,
industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and
communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology,
household appliances, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions.
Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs 24,600
associates in more than 100 locations, with consolidated sales of
$10.4 billion in 2013. For more information, visit www.boschusa.com,
www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca. 
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