Volkswagen Takes Steps to Make EVs More Green

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If you take a look at the auto industry, it’s clear that automakers are pushing toward an all-electric future. Along with the ID.4 and recently announced 2024 ID.BUZZ, Volkswagen is creating now solutions to accessibility and sustainability in the electric vehicle market with their Way to Zero initiative. With the landscape of the EV market changing so quickly in recent years, Volkswagen saw an opportunity to make progress toward their all-electric goal while moving the industry further toward a sustainable future. Along with Redwood Materials, the Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. announced their collaboration to bring another step of the EV lifecycle to America with their battery recycling plant.

Going Greener One Step at a Time

It’s already known that electric vehicles eliminate harmful emissions from gas-powered vehicles. However, there are still some gaps in the life of an EV that have plenty of room for improvement, and Volkswagen is seeking to fill those gaps. From sustainable sourcing of materials to localizing production and recycling, Volkswagen is closer than ever to its mission of introducing 25 new EVs by 2030. One of the most effective ways to do so is by handling the supply themselves, and they have a head start with their Chattanooga factory, one of six planned EV facilities in the US. Safety is a top concern when it comes to lithium-ion batteries, and that’s where Redwood Materials comes into the picture.

No strangers to lithium-ion battery recycling, Redwood has already handled over 60,000 EV batteries in their Nevada facility. As veterans in the recycling game, Volkswagen chose to work with Redwood to handle everything from scraps to end-of-life batteries in a safe, environmentally-friendly way. Together, the team shares a vision of an all-electric future with less waste and less impact. By keeping everything local, they hope to close the loop in EV production, effectively reducing costs and bringing the electric vehicle market to the masses.

VW EV Battery Lifecycle

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There’s no better time to go electric than now! You can check out the Volkswagen ID.4 today at Volkswagen of Duluth, and keep an eye out for future releases.