Silke Bagschik, head of sales and marketing, product line e-Mobility, says the new Volkswagen ID.3 is both a new vehicle and a new model in sustainable transport.
“We’ve made the new car emission-free in the production cycle, through the full lifecycle. It’s a new journey, it will kick off the idea that emissions-free mobility is possible.”
Bagschik explains that this concept will run well-to-wheel for the new battery electric vehicle.
“The sustainable model goes back to where the batteries are produced, and the materials used to produce the batteries.”
She says that battery production itself can use a lot of energy, but that energy comes from sustainable, renewable sources.
That results in a process, and ultimately a vehicle, which is carbon neutral. That includes the plastic material in the battery packs.
Bagschik says that next year, Volkswagen will outline specifics of how the new ID.3 leverages various strategies to become carbon neutral.
She added: “We would certainly refuse to work with a supplier which wasn’t able to be sustainable.”
The all-new ID.3 is the first battery electric vehicle in Volkswagen’s new ID EV range. Based on the MEB electric car platform, the new model can achieve a range of about 250 miles on one charge.
In order to advance electric mobility – and to help recoup the cost of MEB development – VW has signed a deal with Ford which will see the US carmaker use the platform as the basis of a new model.
The next issue of PRW will outline how plastics have been used across the ID.3 to lightweight the new model, extending overall range and supporting end-of-life recycling.