An evolutionary path to the revolutionary goal of a sustainable powertrain

Air quality, climate change, and energy security are hot topics around the world. In response to this challenge, Volkswagen AG developed a powertrain and fuel strategy, key points of which were incorporated into the energy supply approach adopted by the German government and the European Union. 

Volkswagen AG's powertrain and fuel strategy relies initially on next-generation engines that operate more efficiently and cleanly. This includes the introduction of second generation biofuels – for example SunFuel®, SunGas® and Bioethanol, which are produced from various types of biomass. Burning these fuels releases only as much CO2 into the atmosphere as was previously tied up by the growth of these plants.

In the longer term, electric motors powered by rechargeable batteries or fuel cells will fundamentally transform the world of personal transportation. Both these sources of motive power promise emissions-free local mobility. While battery-powered electric vehicles are characterised by superior efficiency, the hydrogen-powered fuel cell powertrains currently provide the greatest operating range.  

In an effort to understand the scope of future transportation requirements, VOLKSWAGEN AG has been actively researching both hydrogen and fuel cell technology for many years. A Technology Center for fuel cell and electric vehicle technology was established in Isenbüttel (a small town approximately 150 km/90 miles south of Hamburg, near Wolfsburg) to support these efforts.

The introduction of electric vehicles, both hydrogen- and battery-powered, represents a paradigm shift in the concept of individual mobility. This challenge cannot be met by one organization alone. VOLKSWAGEN AG has therefore joined in the Clean Energy Partnership in order to ensure that this systemic transformation takes place across a broad basis. The experience from phase one and two of the CEP has shown that learning and advancement are best achieved in a cooperative alliance. 

More information on the Volkswagen's powertrain and fuel strategy can be found :: here and :: here 

For further questions please contact Volkswagen directly at:
Volkswagen AG
Ms. Ines Roessler
Phone: +49 (0)5361 986267
E-mail: ines.roessler@volkswagen.de