Volkswagen of America says it will invest $10 million to support electric vehicle infrastructure by 2016.
Jörg Sommer, vice president, product marketing and strategy, made the announcement during a presentation about VW’s approach to e-mobility surrounding the launch of the zero-tailpipe emissions 2015 e-Golf.
During the presentation, delivered at the 2015 Electric Drive Congress in Washington, D.C., Sommer said Volkswagen believes continued legislative support is needed to reach the next level of electric vehicle adoption.
“In addition to the investment we and other companies and industries are making, we would like to see federal financing support for establishing fast charging networks in urban areas and interstate corridors,” Sommer said. “We’d like to see more state and federal organizations commit to cleaner fleets by purchasing EVs and PHEVs. This should be a US government priority, and federal purchasing guidelines should reflect that by giving fleet purchasers the flexibility they need.”
Late last year VW said its environmental program is on track to reduce energy and water consumption, as well as waste, CO2 and solvent emissions at all Volkswagen plants throughout the world by 25 percent by 2018, compared to 2010 levels.