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VW boss Diess wants to convert the company car fleet to electric drive - "Must lead by example"

2020-08-21T03:46:08.477Z

VW boss Herbert Diess does not stop at the e-offensive in front of its own company car fleet. Instead of just customers, managers should also drive electrically in future.



VW boss Herbert Diess does not stop at the e-offensive in front of its own company car fleet. Instead of just customers, managers should also drive electrically in future.

  • Volkswagen is in the middle of converting to e-mobility.
  • But the e-offensive has so far bypassed VW's own company car pool .
  • Group boss Herbert Diess is now making his own managers responsible.

Munich - Volkswagen * wants to convert the company car fleet of its core brand VW to an electric drive. The company boss Herbert Diess announced on the career portal LinkedIn. Employees are likely to expect managers to lead by “setting a good example”. For this to happen, “behavior with traditional privileges must also change”.

According to the plans, around a third of all VW company cars should be powered by a hybrid or purely electric by the end of the year , a VW spokesman told Merkur.de *. At VW , around 15,000 vehicles are registered as company cars each year.

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Final assembly of the ID.3 at VW in Zwickau. The car manufacturer wants to trim its factory fleet to electric drive.

© dpa / Hendrik Schmidt

Similar to many other car manufacturers, VW employees from a certain hierarchy level are allowed to order company cars. At VW , this applies to employees from the tariff plus level , i.e. employees from team leader upwards or employees with comparable responsibility.

According to the regulation that will apply from September 1, the emissions of the other company cars with conventional drives are to be offset by a corresponding tax . All drivers of a combustion engine or a hybrid should pay 15 euros a month into a corresponding pot.

VW: Anyone who doesn't drive a real Stromer will have to pay in the future

According to VW, the money should flow into appropriate climate protection programs such as reforestation projects. VW's company car fleet will be CO2-neutral in the future , said a VW spokesman. According to Diess, the CO2 emissions of the VW company car fleet were most recently 137 grams per kilometer and “thus well above the average of the vehicles sold”. With the change, the corresponding value will drop to 97 grams by the end of the year, Diess promised.

⚡️ Volkswagen's electric offensive continues to gather speed: Series production of our # VWID4 begins in Zwickau!

[ID.4: The vehicle is not yet available for sale in Europe.] Https://t.co/1JJfIgtL42

- Volkswagen News (@volkswagen) August 20, 2020

The VW boss is driving the conversion of the group towards electric drives with power. With the market launch of the ID.3 at the beginning of September, the group wants to set an important milestone on the way to electric mobility.

VW boss: vacation trip in ID.3 causes a furore on the net

Most recently, Diess caused a sensation on the web with a vacation trip in the fully electric ID.3. With the trip from Munich to Lake Garda, he wanted to prove that you can already go on vacation with pure electric vehicles, Diess had announced before the trip with his daughter Caro.

Apart from small suggestions for improvement to his engineers, his conclusion on the trip to Italy in the company's own Stromer was correspondingly positive. Diess advertised that e-mobility would “finally be suitable for the masses” . And the ID.3 has shown why the vehicle is "the start of a new era".

On the other hand, observers see the situation in a somewhat more differentiated manner. Just a few days ago, for example, the VW subsidiary Porsche * had to call its super e-sports car, the Taycan, back to the workshop for a software update. That had caused a lot of ridicule on the internet. The start of production of the ID.3 was also overshadowed by massive software problems.

List of rubric lists: © dpa / Hendrik Schmidt

Source: merkur

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