Like most car manufacturers, Volkswagen is turning to electric vehicles to offer vehicles that are more respectful of the environment and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As part of its “Let’s be the turn” strategy, the German manufacturer intends to go beyond the automobile sector and become a carbon neutral company by 2050.
But in order for people to adopt vehicles like the Volkswagen ID.4 and change their habits, there needs to be awareness. And that is precisely the aim of the new initiative launched this week which tackles the internet’s carbon footprint.
It might surprise you, but an average website produces 1.76g of CO2 per page viewed. In other words, a site that gets 100,000 monthly visits to a page generates 2100 kg of CO2 per year, the same amount as 87 barbecue canisters.
There is still more astonishing: according to the firm Website Carbon, the use of the Internet would represent 4% of the world CO2 emissions – the equivalent of the aviation sector before the pandemic!
If you go to the Volkswagen Canada website, you will now have the opportunity to discover its electric vehicles thanks to a “sustainable” web experience. The pages are clean to the point of containing almost only black and white text and images (themselves generated by text). Less energy is therefore required to transfer data over the Internet, which reduces the carbon footprint.
Website Carbon calculations tell us that this part of the site is cleaner than 99% of the pages tested. It’s not nothing!
About the Volkswagen ID.4…
Coming to compete with the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Tesla Model Y and Nissan Ariya, the Volkswagen ID.4 will be marketed in Canada in early summer as a 2021 model, at a price to be announced some time earlier.
Two versions will appear on the menu, either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, each powered by an 82 kWh battery and possessing “the soul of a Golf GTI”. The first develops 201 horsepower and accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in just under eight seconds, while the four-wheel drive produces 302 horsepower and completes the same sprint in two seconds less.
The range calculated by the EPA in the United States is 402 kilometers. Natural Resources Canada has yet to release its figure, but it should be the same.
Regarding recharging, Volkswagen mentions that the ID.4 will see its battery go from 5% to 90% in 38 minutes with a level 3 terminal (125 kW). With a level 2 charger, it will take 7:30 am for a full recharge. Customers will even be entitled to a two-year subscription to the Electrify Canada charging station network.
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