Electromobility is becoming increasingly important to car manufacturers. Sports car manufacturers like Porsche are already thinking of production in the coming decade, when the all-electric Macan will roll off the production line. And so Porsche Leipzig GmbH is integrating the axle assembly for the Macan on site – a logical step.

To date, the plant has outsourced this step to a system supplier who will continue to work for the current Panamera and Macan models. In future, Porsche Leipzig will be producing its axles for electric vehicles on its own, which will make production at the site even more flexible and efficient. At the same time, more than 100 highly qualified jobs will be created, says Porsche.

"The drive is a unique feature of our sports cars," says Albrecht Reimold, Board Member for Production and Logistics at Porsche AG. "And since electric vehicles need to see the aggregates in combination with the axles, we will take over the axle production ourselves." This integration is a central component of the brand and factory strategy: "We are thus increasing our manufacturing expertise and investing in the future viability of the Leipzig plant."

The axle assembly will be located in the immediate vicinity of the plant, they say. The implementation of Porsche Production 4.0 will make the processes much smarter and leaner. Together with the technical development, for example, all processes are digitally and virtually secured at an early stage.

With the expansion of the Leipzig plant, Porsche also wants to create the necessary conditions to be able to produce all-electric vehicles on the existing production line in addition to gasoline and hybrid models. According to Porsche, the Saxon site is to be converted step by step into a plant for electromobility.

The article "Porsche: A Factory for Electric Mobility" was published on 10.04.2019 in the category Environment by Ralf Loweg with the keywordsElectric Mobility, Electric Car, Environment, Plant, Environment,released.


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Sports car manufacturer Porsche has a clear conscience: By 75 percent one has reduced the CO2 emissions – within just five years, the company announced. In production and logistics, the carbon dioxide emissions per vehicle have been reduced by more than three quarters since 2014.

"We are continuously optimizing our vehicles to make them even more environmentally friendly," says Albrecht Reimold, Director of Production and Logistics at Porsche. "In addition, many large and small initiatives at Porsche result in an overall concept that enables all divisions to improve their ecological sustainability step by step."

In order to make progress in sustainability measurable similar to economic success, Porsche determines the characteristic "environmental relief production", which consists of several parameters: In addition to the CO2 emissions and energy consumption include, among other things, the amount of water used and the amount used more volatile, organic compounds (VOC). The company has also made progress in these areas, the company says. Compared to 2014, 34 percent less solvent is used in production. The water consumption per vehicle has been reduced by 20 percent.

The item "Porsche shows white vest" was on 05.04.2019 in the category News by Lars Wallerang with the keywords Environment, Sports Cars, Production, Emissions, Presentation, released.


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The industry uses water. Even the car production does not come without the use of H2O. But manufacturers have refined their efforts to conserve resources. The car manufacturer Seat, for example, has been implementing water-saving measures for many years as part of its environmental protection strategy.

This has already significantly reduced water consumption in the past eight years: in 2010, an average of 3.54 cubic meters of water were needed to produce a vehicle, compared to just 2.46 cubic meters last year. That corresponds to a water saving of almost 31 percent.

The highest water consumption has almost 50 percent of the total amount of the paint shop. Surface treatment of the bodywork, washing cabins in preparation for the paint and the actual paint consume this most wet. The small amount of paint that enters the water during spray painting of the vehicles is released from the water in a special treatment tank.

"Here, the paint is separated from the water in a chemical way," explains dr. Joan Carles Casas, Head of Plant Engineering at Seat. When the water has been cleaned, feed it back into the closed water circuit.

The article "Car production without waste of water" was on 03.04.2019 in the category Environment by Lars Wallerang with the keywords Environment, production, environment, released.


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Toads are small nomads. She does not keep it permanently in the same place. In these days the toad migration comes in many parts of Germany to its climax. Motorists should therefore take special care now.

"This is especially true for lower and heat-favored locations," says Sascha Schleich, spokesman for the Federal Expert Committee Field Herpetiology and Ichthyofauna at the Nature Conservation Union (Nabu). In the higher and cooler locations, however, it will still take until the nightly temperatures are suitable.

The Nabu asks to drive at amphibious trails maximum speed 30. Because the animals can not only come to death by directly driving over, but also when vehicles are traveling very fast on hiking trails. At higher speeds, cars generate so much air pressure that the internal organs of frogs, toads and newts burst and the animals die painfully, warns the expert.

Under certain circumstances animal rights activists are also at risk: "Our volunteers are usually out in the dark in the evening and early morning hours," says Schleich. For this reason, motorists should be careful and pay attention to warning signs, speed limits and diversions.

The item "Toads on the Move" was added to the category Environment by Lars Wallerang on 29.03.2019 Environment, traffic, animals, environment, released.


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"Zero Emission" is the buzzword at this year's Technical Congress of the Automobile Manufacturers Association VDA in Berlin. VDA President Mattes emphasized the commitment of German manufacturers and suppliers in driving forward new technologies. "The German automotive industry is investing 40 billion euros in alternative drives over the next three years," says Mattes. Already today, it is the leader in alternative powertrains: Every third patent in the field of electromobility and hybrid drives worldwide comes from Germany. "And in the next three years she will triple her range of electrified vehicles to around 100."

Carbon-neutral e-fuels can improve the carbon footprint of the entire car and commercial vehicle fleet, and these potentials should be exploited quickly. "In addition, the German automotive industry is a leader in connected and automated driving, with our manufacturers and suppliers even accounting for 48 percent of global patents in this area." And invest in this technology, which also represents a major CO2 lever, in the next three years, an additional 18 billion euros. Digitization and alternative drives would lead the way to zero emission.

Dr. Stefan Hartung, Managing Director and Chairman of the Mobility Solutions Division of Robert Bosch GmbH, said in his keynote address: "Bosch wants to support sustainable individual mobility for people and goods that has as little impact on the environment as possible." In his opinion, the key to this is automation, electrification, networking and personalized mobility services.

"At ZF, we are convinced that engineers need no barriers, but leeway," emphasized ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider. "Only then can we find the right solutions for all needs." The decisive factor for the mobility of the future is a technology-based and pragmatic approach that people take with them and that can also be reached for them.

And Thomas Ulbrich from the e-mobility business unit at Volkswagen pointed to VW's electrical strategy. "We must now boldly and forcefully drive the transition to electromobility to create truly sustainable mobility." Volkswagen is ready for it, as shown by the big electric offensive. However, in order for the e-car to intersperse, it is necessary to have a close alliance between politics and companies. Especially in the charging infrastructure is still a lot to do.

The article "40 billion euros for the dream of" zero emission "was published on 14.03.2019 in the category Environment by Lars Wallerang with the keywords Alternative drive, Environment, Politics, Economy, Environment, released.


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In times of diesel crisis and pollutant discussions, sustainable and environmentally friendly fuels are increasingly in focus. With these even real car classics can be clean.

Hall 6 of the Geneva Motor Show: The Federal Materials Testing and Research Institute (Empa) has brought along a VW Beetle, built in 1965. No catalytic converter, no particle filter – the four-cylinder boxer is far from exhaust emissions, which reach modern engines. Nevertheless, this oldie can be refueled with low CO2 emissions, says Empa. Mobility in the future will include renewable energy, for example hydrogen. "But that also includes synthetic fuels that we can store over a longer period," says Brigitte Buchmann, Member of the Directorate and Head of the Department of Mobility, Energy and Environment.

While extensive upgrading of the infrastructure is required for hydrogen vehicles, vehicles with internal combustion engines can be supplied with environmentally friendly fuels via the existing filling station network. Empa sees the solution as so-called e-fuels, in which sustainably produced hydrogen is processed into gaseous or liquid fuel with the aid of an industrial, chemical process, the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. Then even for classics like the good old Beetle: he runs and runs and runs – and clean.

The article "E-Fuels for the mobility turnaround" was published on 13.03.2019 in the category Fuels by Mirko Stepan with the keywords Car, fuel, bio, environment, save fuel, fuel prices, gasoline prices, diesel prices released.


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Palm oil is controversial, is called by nature conservation organizations even as "death of the rainforest". Nevertheless, the oil is increasingly used for the production of biodiesel. This emerges from a report of the Federal Government.

Following a downward trend by 2015, palm oil use increased again in 2016, following the EU-wide trend of further increasing the use of palm oil as a raw material for biodiesel production, according to the report. In Germany, the share of palm oil as starting material for all types of biofuels has risen from 10.5 percent to 14.5 percent, an increase of 41 percent in the reporting period 2015 to 2016. The use of waste and residues has also risen while the use of oilseed rape and beet had declined in Germany.

98 percent of palm oil for biofuels marketed in Germany comes from Asia. In 2016, 93 percent came from Indonesia, the rest from Malaysia.

In early 2018, the European Parliament had launched an initiative to ban palm oil from 2021 onwards for biodiesel production. However, the wish of parliamentarians was rejected by the European Commission and the Council of Ministers. It is not until 2030 that palm oil will no longer end up in biodiesel.

The article "Palm oil content in biodiesel is increasing" was added on March 12, 2013 in the category Fuels by Mirko Stepan with the keywords Diesel, fuel, car, motor vehicle, environment, politics, save fuel, fuel prices, gasoline prices, diesel prices released.


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Volkswagen relents: In the area of ​​electromobility, the Wolfsburg plan to produce 22 million Stromern. In the next decade, VW plans to launch nearly 70 new e-models – instead of 50, as planned. As a result, the number of electric vehicles planned for the next decade, which are to be built on the group's E-platforms, is increasing by another 7 million from 15 million.

"Volkswagen assumes responsibility for the big issues of the future – especially in climate protection," says Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG. Magabe are the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. In the coming years, production and other stages of value creation will be adjusted step by step to CO2 neutrality. "This is how we make our contribution to limiting global warming," emphasizes the VW boss. Individual mobility should continue to be possible for millions of people in the future – safe, clean and connected.

The co-concept follows three principles: firstly the effective and sustainable reduction of CO2, secondly the conversion of the energy supply to renewable energies and thirdly the compensation of unavoidable, remaining emissions. In order to improve the vehicles' CO2 balance over the entire life cycle, Volkswagen is already using supply chains. For this purpose, you are currently designing a detailed roadmap. There is great potential for steel and aluminum supplies in particular, the group says.

By 2025, the CO2 footprint of the vehicle fleet is to be reduced by 30 percent compared to 2015 over its entire life cycle. Accordingly VW wants to electrify the vehicle portfolio and invested for it alone by 2023 more than 30 billion euro. The E-share in the fleet should rise to at least 40 percent by 2030.

The first e-cars of the new generation will go into production as early as this year: after the Audi e-tron, the Porsche Taycan will be among the customers. For both vehicles, according to the Group, there are reservations of 20,000 units each. And with the start of the Volkswagen ID. the electric car should also be accessible to broad sections of the population. Also in the first wave follow models of the subsidiaries Skoda and Seat.

In order to secure the electric offensive, strategic battery cell suppliers were selected with the companies LG Chem, SKI, CATL and Samsung. In view of the continuing increase in demand, Volkswagen is intensively examining participation in its own battery cell production in Europe. The solid-state battery should also open up great opportunities in the future. The goal is the industrialization of this technology together with the partner QuantumScape.

At the same time, the CO2 emissions of all plants are to be reduced by 50 percent compared to 2010 by 2025. For example, the conversion of the power station in Wolfsburg from coal to gas will bring 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 annually from 2023, predicts VW. The production of Audi in Brussels, for example, is already completely carbon-neutral.

The item "VW plans electrical summit storm" was added to the category Motorsport technology on 12.03.2019 by Lars WallerangElectromobility, Production, Environment, Emissions, Economy, Presentation,published.


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