VOLKSWAGEN COMMERCIAL VEHICLES: RELIABILITY, ECONOMY AND PARTNERSHIP
The history of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles stretches back to the 1940s and is closely linked with production of the T2, which was a defining sight on the roads for generations. Today, at its main production plant in Hanover and at other locations around the world, Volkswagen builds commercial vehicles for the private and commercial transportation of people and goods. With over 446,000 vehicles produced, 17,963 employees and sales revenue of €9,577 million in 2014, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is one of the leading manufacturers in its segment.
EFFICIENCY ON AN UPWARD CURVE
In order to counteract the effects of global warming before it is too late, viable answers need to be found and implemented quickly. In response, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is targeting sustainable development by pursuing a broad-based powertrain strategy. To bring about a reduction in CO2 emissions in the short term, the brand is systematically increasing the efficiency of its conventional engines. Thanks to innovative technologies, new generations of vehicles are 10-15% more efficient than their predecessors. Today, all models offered by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles are already available with BlueMotion Technology, which cuts fuel consumption by up to 0.5 l/100 km. These low-emission models already form a key pillar in the brand’s commitment to sustainable development, but they are only the beginning. And they are just part of the wider “Think Blue.” initiative, a holistic approach to sustainability that embraces various parts of the Company. “Think Blue.” is a driving force in our efforts to shape the automotive future.
THE MOBILITY OF THE FUTURE
The focus of current research activities is on the development of pure battery-powered vehicles for commercial use. For all-electric solutions to be economical and thus competitive when measured against conventional petrol and diesel engines, payload capacities for the transportation of goods or workers need to be high enough and the electric motors sufficiently powerful. Vehicles in research fleets – like the Volkswagen e-Caddy – have been tested under real-world, everyday conditions and represent a potentially successful approach to using compact electric vehicles for urban delivery operations.