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

- 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

PR Newswire

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., Aug. 5, 2014

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 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

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

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
More information on the project can be found

"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

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

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,

SOURCE SunPower Corp.

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