Volkswagen’s Investment in Gett Ride Service Announced

Volkswagen LogoAs the world of driving shifts toward a trend of ride-sharing and increased public transport use, automakers are getting a slice of the pie. Volkswagen has invested in Gett, a popular European startup and a competitor to Uber that could gain popularity in the US.

Volkswagen’s investment in Gett will involve a whopping $300 million, which will help the growing company develop its apps and other technology and help them get the word out about their business. Currently operating in 60 countries in Europe and in New York City, Gett hopes to expand to the rest of Europe

Volkswagen isn’t the first to invest in a ride service like Gett; Uber, Lyft, and Zipcar are all gaining the attention of automakers. According to KBB, auto sales show no sign of waning in response to the increased use of these services, but Volkswagen and other automakers believe it’s a smart move to keep up with these new facets of the automotive industry as self-driving vehicles and other innovations change the landscape of the market.

Volkswagen Electric Microbus Concept Revealed at Consumer Electronics Show

VolkswagenThe Consumer Electronics Show took place earlier this month from January 6th  to 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada, during which Volkswagen announced its new all-electric Microbus concept, set to go on sale in 2017.

The VW electric Microbus, called BUDD-e, has a potential range of up to 373 miles on one charge and could charge up to 80% in as little as 15 minutes. This range is the best the auto industry has had to offer in EVs so far, even better than Tesla vehicles.

BUDD-e is built on Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Toolkit, which is a method of building electric cars that keeps the motors and battery as close to the very front and back of the car as possible, leaving more space for passengers and cargo inside the car.

The design of the Microbus is just as interesting as the inside parts, with a snappy design reminiscent of the classic Volkswagen bus and a futuristic interior with integrated infotainment systems.

Volkswagen Named the Most Sustainable Automotive Company in the World

VolkswagenVolkswagen has long been considered one of the most responsible, reliable, and environmentally-friendly automotive companies in the world. New evidence supports that claim.

According to a press release from Volkswagen, Volkswagen was named the most sustainable automotive company in the world.

The title was granted to Volkswagen by RobecoSAM AG and based on evidence from a Dow Jones sustainability index.

Volkswagen was awarded high rankings in economical sustainability, social sustainability, and ecological sustainability. Each of these scores illustrates the company’s commitment to a better world.

“This distinction is a great success for the entire team. It confirms that the Volkswagen Group is well on the way to establishing itself long term as the world’s most sustainable automaker,” said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, in the press release.

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Volkswagen Renewable Fuel Assessment Officially Completed

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Volkswagen recently announced the official wrap up of its Renewable Diesel Evaluation Program in which the brand collaborated with Solazyme Inc and Amryis Inc. The Volkswagen renewable fuel assessment started in 2012 and measured the environmental impacts of the pre-commercial renewable diesel formula with TDI Clean Diesel technology in 2012 Passat and Jetta TDI models.

Also during that time, Solazyme tested its Soladiesel RD fuel and Amryis tested a plant-sugar derived renewable diesel formula in the same 2012 Passat and Jetta TDI models. Both Solazyme and Amryis used additives to meet certain specifications.

After two years of research and 134,000 miles logged, it was found that each vehicle in the assessment performed very similarly to existing TDI powertrains. Engineers noted that driving dynamics were not affected negatively and fuel economy was either very similar or improved. The study also found that greenhouse gas emissions on a well-to-wheel basis could actually be reduced by more than 50% when using the renewable fuels compared to today’s crude-based fuels.

Ewald Goessmann, Executive Director of Volkswagen Group of America, said, “The successful completion of this collaboration with two leaders in renewable fuels and products highlights how far advanced fuel technology has come in recent years, proving that sustainable fuels are not only produced in more environmentally friendly ways, but can offer similar performance and lower emissions.”

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