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VOLKSWAGEN SACHSEN REDUCES ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT WITH HYDRO POWER
The Volkswagen brand is stepping up its use of renewable energy in production. Starting this year, the three production plants of Volkswagen Sachsen have been supplied with Volkswagen Naturstrom electric power from 100% renewable sources. Volkswagen Naturstrom is TÜV-certified eco-power generated by hydro power plants. This measure is playing its part to help meet the target of the company’s Think Blue. Factory environmental program, to produce each vehicle and component in a way which is 45 percent more eco friendly in 2025 than in the base year of 2010.
FIFTY e-GOLF VEHICLES FOR HAMBURG
In Hamburg, 50 members of the public, entrepreneurs and employees of government authorities will now benefit from e-mobility. The Volkswagen Group recently handed over keys to 50 e-Golf vehicles. Over the next three years, they are expected to drive around 1.5 million kilometres through Hamburg—environmentally, silently and with zero emissions. The initiative is part of a partnership between the Volkswagen Group and the City of Hamburg.
VOLKSWAGEN OPENS FUTURE CENTER ASIA IN BEIJING
Volkswagen has officially opened Future Center Asia, one of three such centres worldwide that will take a whole new approach to envisioning people’s mobility needs of the future, with an eye towards creating visionary solutions. “With these centres, we are breaking down the traditional barriers by bringing together exterior and interior designers, user experience experts and specialists for Artificial intelligence, Smart City, Start-up scouting and Engineering,” said Jochem Heizmann, member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG / President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China.
VOLKSWAGEN FOUNDS COMPANY FOR MOBILITY SOLUTIONS IN RWANDA
The company is taking the next step in the African sub-continent with the founding of Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda. The objective is to provide modern, integrated mobility services in Africa in the future. Going forward, the brand will be focusing in particular on new app-based mobility services such as car sharing and ride hailing in Rwanda. This year sees the launch of a car sharing service in the capital city of Kigali with around 150 Volkswagen vehicles. Overall, Volkswagen and its partner companies will create up to 1,000 jobs locally.
YOUNGEST TOURING CAR CHAMPION EVER!
At 17 years old, Luca Engstler is now the youngest-ever TCR series’ champion. Engstler recently won the 2018 TCR Middle East championship in Bahrain in his Golf GTI. Team Engstler also won the team championship, which means titles number 11 and 12 for the production-based racing Golf from Wolfsburg since the car first made its debut on racetracks around the world in 2016.