Volkswagen Takes Holistic Approach to E-Mobility with Launch for Ultra Low Carbon Car

3Degrees In The News | August 5, 2014
  • Volkswagen partners with 3Degrees® to purchase carbon offsets in California and around the United States to cover certain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with 2015 e-Golf models
  • SunPower® selected as VW’s official solar energy partner, providing eligible e-Golf® owners the opportunity to achieve the electricity savings and power management capabilities of its high performance solar solutions
  • Bosch Automotive Service Solutions® selected as VW’s preferred home-charging and installation services provider
  • ChargePoint® selected to provide charging stations to VW dealer network and to provide U.S. e-Golf owners access to consumers to over 18,000 charging stations nationwide
 
Traverse City, Mich. (August 5, 2014) – Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced further plans in its holistic approach to e-mobility at the Management Briefing Seminar, hosted by the Center for Automotive Research. Starting with the launch of the zero-tailpipe emissions 2015 e-Golf model, Volkswagen will invest in carbon reduction projects to offset emissions created from e-Golf production, distribution and up to approximately 36,000 miles of driving. Volkswagen also named SunPower as the official solar energy partner power provider. Through these innovative collaborations, Volkswagen will be one of the first high-volume manufacturers to deliver a truly holistic approach to ultra-low-carbon mobility. The 2015 e-Golf will go on sale later this year at participating dealerships in select states.
 
To help determine its carbon offset projects, Volkswagen is proud to announce it has teamed with 3Degrees, a renewable energy and carbon offset services provider. The partnership brings new meaning to the idea of an ultra-low carbon car. By investing in carbon reduction programs, Volkswagen will offset the e-Golf’s greenhouse gas...

Audi Energy: New Sustainability Program Will Add to E-Tron Experience

3Degrees In The News | August 5, 2014
  • Comprehensive plan will help support 2015 launch of Audi A3 Sportback e-tron® plug-in hybrid
  • Audi will balance some greenhouse gas emissions from A3 e-tron production and distribution through 3Degrees® verified carbon offsets 
  • Also with Audi energy: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions® for home charger installation and SunPower® for solar power systems and energy management solutions
HERNDON, Va., August 5, 2014 – Audi of America today announced the launch of Audi energy®, a comprehensive program designed to help improve the electric vehicle ownership experience and reduce the carbon footprint that comes with vehicle production, distribution and driving.  
 
Audi energy will be available with the introduction of the first plug-in hybrid vehicle offered by the brand – the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, which is scheduled to debut at select dealerships in the U.S. during the second half of 2015. Through the Audi energy program, Audi will offer three unique opportunities to help improve sustainability and reduce carbon emissions:
 
  • At-home Audi-designed Level 2 charging developed in conjunction with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions will be available for qualified owners of the A3 e-tron.
  • Audi will purchase carbon offset certificates in California and Africa to offset certain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with A3 Sportback e-tron vehicles.
  • SunPower will provide an optional home solar power system for Audi owners, especially A3 Sportback e-tron customers, including a newly developed home energy storage solution to capture additional solar energy.
“The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron will offer drivers an eco-conscious vehicle ownership experience,” said Wayne Killen, General Manager, Product Strategy and Launch.. Audi energy takes this to the next...

Congratulations Oak Ridge, TN: 1st Green Power Community in Southeast

3Degrees In The News | July 14, 2014

The WDEF-TV Chattanooga, TN (7/14, 3K) website reported that Oak Ridge in Tennessee is the newest member of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s “national Green Power Communities initiative.” In order to qualify for such membership, the “Oak Ridge Electric Department relied on a partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority and its Green Power Switch program, which offers consumers and businesses the opportunity to purchase 150-kilowatt-hour blocks of renewable energy. ‘The community’s enthusiasm for the program was infectious and generated more than 300 new Green Power Switch enrollments – more than triple the original goal,’ said Rob Manning, TVA Executive Vice President and Chief External Relations Officer.” Manning added, “It was an honor to play a role in their efforts.”