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Our answer for the mobility of the future

The time has come for e-mobility and we aim to be the number one choice. Volkswagen presents a holistic solution, fitting seamlessly into the daily lives of our customers.3

My e-car and me.
A day in the life of...

Doesn't matter if you are a commuter, student, or freelancer... or whether you live in London, Paris or Berlin. These three daily routines show how an electric car can make anyone's day easier.

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Peter Stoddard, 37, father of two and bank employee

Peter is your typical commuter. He lives in a suburb of London and works in the City in a big bank. Distance: 50 km each way.

"In every morning, out every night. And in London traffic! Your nerves have to be as tough as your battery."

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Leaving home

Good morning, kids! It starts early: wake up, breakfast, and out the door. I pull the plug on the e-up! at 7 am and drive Kate and Jane to pre-school.

Drop of the kids

My e-up! is one of the smallest cars in front of the school, but boy, does it attract attention from the other parents and teachers. We arrive with our seat belts buckled and they are always pleased to see us... and notice our quiet motor.

Arrive in the office

I almost broke my record of 50 minutes to the office. On bad days, when traffic backs up, it can take 90 minutes. Thank goodness I can ride half of the journey on the motorway. And electric cars are exempt from the congestion fee downtown. So that is real progress. And next month we are getting a charging station at the bank’s employee parking lot.

Detour to Notting Hill

I'm leaving work on time so I can make a stop at Portobello Road on the way home. I have to pick up an antique lamp I had restored for my wife's birthday. It's a family heirloom.

Ride home

Home at last, after a ride straight through half of the city. A ride like that takes a lot out of you. Amazing how little power the e-up! needs in EcoMode. Now it’s time for dinner... for me in the dining room; for the car at the power point.

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Marie-Thérèse Vonier, 25, stylist and student

Marie-Thérèse Vonier, 25, studies drama and works as a stylist. She lives in the 11th Arrondissement but is on the move all day.

"Traffic in Paris is hell. But with this little electric runabout I can get anywhere."

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Meeting with agent

Bonjour Paris! I fall in love all over again with my city every morning. But now I have to go. I’m meeting my agent in Marais at 10.00. Hope she has a job for me.

Break in a bistro

Wow, that was fast! Made it through traffic in good time, so now I have a few minutes to get a take-out coffee and check out the new holiday pictures from my friend Elodie on my smartphone.

Yoga and shopping

There is a new yoga studio in the Rue La Fayette, close by the Gare de l’Est. The first session is free, super! I stock up on vegetables from the market on the way to my car. There is a lot more room in the e-up! than you’d think at first glance.

A night in the theatre

A quick bite to eat, change, and then off again. I am meeting a friend in the theatre. I find a place to park pretty quick, for Paris standards. It is even close to a charging station. The e-up! can top-up its battery while we’re enjoying a performance at the Théâtre Pandora. Each to his own taste.

Ride home

What a night! The battery is still nearly full, so I won’t have to find a charging station. Instead I find a tiny parking spot which is not far from my friend's apartment. The e-up!’s parking assist feature makes it a cinch. Bonne nuit e-up!.

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Martin Radowsky, 45, frame maker

Martin Radowsky, 45, frame maker with studio in Potsdam, but lots of customers in Berlin.

"Berlin is a centre for art. And my job is literally to provide the framework. I work in Potsdam, but travel to the city to visit customers. I take the e-up! if I have small or medium sized frames. It is not only practical, but it sends the right signals." 

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Late start in Potsdam

I never make appointments for early in the morning. That's how I avoid rush hour.

Delivery

I bring around two small paintings to one of my regular customers. I restored the frames for him. The transport box fits easily in the boot space, without having to fold down the seat.

Gallery visit

A young gallerist has opened a new space in Potsdamer Strasse. Perhaps we can work together. On the telephone she mentioned something about sustainable lifestyles, so it will be cool to drive up in an electric car.

Pick up

A new customer in the Prenzlauer Berg section. It is an original print by Helmut Newton. Love to frame things like this. I drive almost silently through the streets, no faster than a cyclist. The sensation is like gliding... wonderful.

Ride home

Back in the studio. Electric cars are made for music fans. On the ride home I listened to Dvořák's cello concert. A real pleasure, with all those nuances. Then the gallerist called. She wants to work together on the upcoming Gallery Weekend. Looking forward to that!

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The Sound of the City.
Quiet is the new loud.

What does a city sound like? The dominating sound is of motors. A city is mostly loud. But in the future things will be different. More electric vehicles mean less noise, more quiet. Suddenly we will hear things that were previously unheard. Every city will sound differently. Have a listen!

La Barceloneta, Friday afternoon

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Piccadilly Circus, Friday afternoon

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Tiergarten, Friday afternoon

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Hello Electric.
A look inside the electric car.

Goodbye exhaust! At first glance, an electric Volkswagen looks like a conventional petrol or diesel model. But by the time you’re behind the wheel, the difference is clear. Odourless and silent, the technological transformation takes place chiefly under the hood. More

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Das Auto. Magazine

“We are backing e-mobility.”

E-mobility has the potential to become a mass phenomenon, believes Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand. And the company is working on making this vision a reality.

Fun Fact

Victorian era e-Mobility: The first Porsche was an electric car!

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Victorian era e-Mobility: The first Porsche was an electric car!

 

In the spring of 1900 Germany’s iconic car engineer Ferdinand Porsche was working for a company that presented a battery operated vehicle at the Paris World Exhibition. It could travel 50 kilometres. It was not only the first practical electric car, it was also the first car ever built by Porsche. Porsche later founded his own company, which is now part of the Volkswagen Group.

 

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World Youth Sustainability Summit
Trends

“How do we live in tomorrow’s cities?”

The city of tomorrow is quiet and green – and yet the highway is only a short drive away. Volkswagen futurist Dr. Müller-Pietralla discusses how this can be achieved with young people from around the world at the World Youth Sustainability Summit.

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We’re ready. Let’s go.
How the future picks up speed.

XL11 

Pure power or pure efficiency? The XL1 proves that both are possible. Its drive train combination of electric and combustion engine sets new standards. No other plug-in hybrid vehicle of this kind is as efficient and dynamic as the XL1, which makes the vision of a 1-litre car a reality.1

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e-Golf3 

The most successful European car continues to be a dynamic vehicle. Now the Golf is also available as a purely battery-powered car. With the accustomed Volkswagen excellence in quality, safety and everyday suitability.3

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e-up!2 

The high-energy city specialist is the new face of zero-emission urban mobility. Able to reach 60 kilometres per hour in just 5 seconds, the e-up! leaves many others behind in the rear view mirror. A city sprinter with no exhaust pipe and no fumes.2

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Tapping the future: How do electric cars fare in practical tests?

Volkswagen has converted an old gas station in Wolfsburg into an e-mobility station. People can recharge cars here today – and also discover facts about the fascinating e-future. Blogger Sebastian Backhaus reports from the scene.

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The Mouse

Back in 1968, developer Douglas Engelbart demonstrated a small wooden box than he used to move a point on a screen – the first computer mouse. It was just a prototype, but computer users were already used to keyboards alone. Only Apple’s Steve Jobs saw the potential of the mouse, and helped it become the universally used technology it is today.

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The Radar

In 1904, inventor Christian Hülsmeyer used his “telemobiloscope” to locate ships three kilometres away. But shipbuilders didn’t care – you could hear steamships’ whistles from that distance anyway, they said. It was thirty years before the benefits of radar technology were understood, and it was further developed.

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The Telephone

“The horse does not eat cucumber salad,” was the first thing Philipp Reis said on his invention, the telephone, in 1861. These whimsical words were chosen so that his listener would have to hear what he was saying down the line, rather than guess. Still, the telephone was dismissed as a gimmick. It wasn’t until 15 years later that Alexander Graham Bell’s improved version established itself.

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The Calculator

Charles Babbage designed a mechanical “Analytical Engine” around 1830. Calculator, memory, input and output – he pretty much anticipated the key elements of today’s computer. His collaborator Ada Lovelace developed methods for using the machine to calculate mathematical sequences of numbers, and today she is regarded as the world’s first programmer. 

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Coffee Pods

In the early 1970s Antonia Di Leva introduced the world to “Prontadose” – small, aluminium capsules for making shots of coffee. They disappeared from shops shortly afterwards, despite an extensive advertising campaign. Today, the average household is smaller and has less time to spare – and coffee pods are a billion-dollar industry.

Great idea – but the world wasn’t ready for it.

Alternative powertrains aren’t the only revolutionary inventions that took a while to have an impact. The best of them break through in the long run, as our examples show.

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Exhibition

Ecology and optimism

Around the world, artists are engaging with the upheavals of our times. With Volkswagen’s support, the PS1 in New York has brought together some of the most interesting works.

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Summit

New mobility made in Germany

How is the e-volution progressing? What infrastructure is needed? Government and industry agree that Germany has a good chance of becoming the worldwide leader in electric cars.

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Ride smart to China’s art

An endurance test for the test fleet vehicle Golf Blue-e-Motion3: Throughout a whole summer, the world’s first electric shuttle service linked Beijing’s three largest museums. Passengers were thrilled.