Volkswagen Group China and Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety signed a memorandum of understanding on August 18, according to a Volkswagen press release. The MOU says Volkswagen Group China will provide data, expertise and its extensive experience in e-mobility development.
These resources will be provided to stakeholders in both countries under a bilateral technical cooperation project, “Climate Protection and Electric Mobility in China,” signed on July 16 between Germany and China.
Volkswagen Group China becomes the first carmaker to join the Sino-German “Climate Protection and Electric Mobility in China” project, according to the company press release.
“It’s an honor for Volkswagen Group China to become the first carmaker to join an initiative by the Chinese and German governments to promote the development of e-mobility, with the goal of environmental protection,” said the incoming president and CEO of Volkswagen Group China, Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann.
The Sino-German project will develop strategies on how e-mobility can reduce environmental effects of air pollutants and noise, especially in cities. The project focuses on analyzing the environmental impact of various forms of transportation, and ensuring solutions are developed in the most sustainable ways, with the aim of conducting pilot projects in the two countries.
The signing of the memorandum is the latest move by Volkswagen to cement its leadership role in e-mobility development, according to the company press release. In April 2010, Volkswagen Group China outlined its e-mobility strategy for China, which includes offering its BlueMotion technology to its Chinese joint venture partners and starting local production of electric cars in 2013/2014.