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VW Targets Carbon-Neutral Production for First Electric Car

February 15, 2019 / IndustryWeek
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Volkswagen AG plans to save 1 million tons of carbon-dioxide emissions a year by making a production of its first electric model carbon neutral, part of an effort to clean up its image in the aftermath of the diesel-cheating scandal.
The German automaker will use green power to assemble the I.D. model at its plant in Zwickau and for the car’s battery cells, Volkswagen said Friday at an event in Dresden. Where renewable energy is unavailable, the company will invest in climate projects.
VW’s commitment is welcome news for Germany’s sputtering efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions amid a reliance on coal-fired power and the steady growth in the number of combustion-powered vehicles on its roads. While energy sector emissions have declined since 1990, transport emissions have risen.