Volkswagen Group Innovation & Energy Web Form A Partnership To Jointly Investigate The Potential Of Blockchains For Energy Market Integration
Some Highlights From The Press Release
- Energy Web and Volkswagen Group Innovation, the research department of one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers, Volkswagen Group, announced a partnership to investigate digitalization and integration of electric vehicles (EVs) and charging infrastructure in support of advanced electric vehicle charging programs and markets globally.
- Under the partnership, Volkswagen Group Innovation and Energy Web will jointly develop and test open-source software to enable seamless end-to-end electricity market participation for electric vehicles.
- The test will pair Energy Web’s open-source tech stack with existing EV charging standards, including the ISO 15118 Plug & Charge standard in combination with the PKI of Electrify America , one of the world’s largest EV charging networks.
- “With this partnership, we want to accelerate electric mobility and deliver even more value to EV customers,” explained Jesse Morris, chief commercial officer of Energy Web.
- “One way is to make it easy for EVs to seamlessly participate in energy markets. If we’re successful, the moment an EV rolls off the lot of a dealership that car will be fully integrated into the energy system in the area.
- Customers can then be paid for their EVs to help balance the grid in near real-time.”
- “We are keen to explore the possibilities that blockchain technology can have for smart charging applications and how this can have a positive effect on the ecological footprint and thus an increase in value for our customers,” said Marvin Schroeder, the project leader at Volkswagen Group Innovation.
- “At this early stage of the EV industry we have a great opportunity to shape and improve standards on how EVs like ours integrate into markets around the world.”
- For the pilot, a Volkswagen EV and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) will be integrated with the open-source Energy Web Decentralized Operating System (EW-DOS) tech stack.
- The Volkswagen / Energy Web partnership is expected to provide a proof point that EVs and EVSE can be digitized and integrated cost efficiently, securely, and compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to electricity markets and grid operator operational systems.
How are Electrify America (One of the world’s largest EV charging networks) & Volkswagen connected?
- Electrify America operates an electric vehicle DS fast charging network in the United States with more than 500 charging locations and over 2,200 individual charging units as of November 2020.
- It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America, established in late 2016 by the automaker as part of its efforts to offset emissions.
Electrify America: U.S. EV public charging network | Electrify America
The leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging. Electrify America offers the most public fast charging stations in the…
Volkswagen Were Experimenting With Energy Web Back In June 2018
- The car maker’s head of blockchain gave a talk in Tel Aviv about how the company is experimenting with distributed ledgers and cryptocurrencies together with groups like Iota.
- In his address Benjamin Sinram spoke about another application for blockchain his team was working on, being an open ledger to track the supply chain of cars from manufacturer to customer.
- Another project is a “charging protocol” for electric vehicles that runs on the Ethereum network designed by The Energy Web Foundation, which is similiar to Iota but focuses on applications of crypto in the energy industry.
- Volkswagen’s vision for the future includes autonomous cars that carry out transactions on behalf of their owners using cryptocurrency wallets, the carmaker’s head of blockchain said.
- “We want to enable our autonomous cars to provide services for you and pay autonomously for these services with their own money,” said Benjamin Sinram, who has been working on blockchain projects for Volkswagen since August 2017.
- Sinram’s blockchain team works on projects with business units across the Volkswagen family, including luxury sports car subsidiary Porsche and the group’s financial services arm.
Volkswagen Sees Blockchain-Enabled Cars in Its Future
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Note the above link is also on the Energy Web website if you scroll down to June 29,2018:
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The Energy Web is accelerating a low-carbon, customer-centric electricity system by unleashing the potential of…
It’s All In The Energy Mix
- Volkswagen is banking on electric cars to achieve overall carbon-neutral mobility.
- Sustainable mobility with electric cars, CO2-neutral production and energy from renewable sources wherever possible, these are Volkswagen’s concrete measures to make its electric vehicles as clean as possible.
- Because when e-cars run on energy from coal combustion, this increases the CO2 impact and neglects potential ways to prevent CO2emissions.
- To achieve climate-neutral mobility over the long term, all signs at Volkswagen are pointing to electric mobility. In many places, electric cars are already the most climate-neutral means of individual transport.
Vision Of Zero-Impact Factories
- As a rule of thumb, the greener the energy, the greener the electric car.
- A lot of energy goes into producing an electric car. Generally speaking, the larger the battery and therefore the longer the e-car’s range, the more CO2 was emitted to make it.
- But the e-car can compensate by driving without any emissions. An e-car’s carbon footprint therefore improves the more kilometers it drives. Or to put it another way, once an electric car is made, it improves its environmental footprint with every kilometer it covers.
- But a lot depends on what electricity is used to charge the battery and in Germany it usually comes from the closest power plant.
- For consumers that means a mix, of which around 60 percent currently comes from non-renewable sources. Both the government and the energy industry need to make some adjustments here in order to reach climate goals.
- A lot is being done on the customer side as well to further neutralize the CO2 footprint over the long term.
- With its new subsidiary Elli (Electric Life), the Volkswagen Group is offering a green electricity package to private households and small businesses throughout Germany.
- Elli offers both energy and charging solutions, with 100-percent green energy (Volkswagen Naturstrom®) from renewable sources.
- The electricity comes from hydro and other sources and is certified by the TÜV technical inspection association.
- By building and operating two wind energy stations on its grounds in Salzgitter, Volkswagen will also be contributing it’s own energy in the future.
Volkswagen Is Entering The Energy Industry With ‘Elli’
- Volkswagen has started a company called Elli, short for Electric Life, designed to help you charge your electric car wherever you go.
- But it’s not an all-new electric car brand. Think of it as an energy company, aimed at providing carbon-neutral power across a diverse network of charging points.
Volkswagen is going to deploy mobile electric car charging stations
- VW is addressing the leap customers need to take when buying an electric car.
- With current infrastructure on the road network and indeed at our houses, electric cars aren’t quite as ‘plug and play’ as we’d like. In the case of many residences, it’s more ‘lob an extension cord out the window.’
- With that in mind, consider the following statement from Elli CEO Thorsten Nicklass: “The name ‘Elli’ stands for ‘electric life’ because we intend to enable a lifestyle that fully integrates the electric car in people’s everyday lives. This approach could be compared with the use of a mobile phone, which is taken for granted nowadays.
- “We will be creating a seamless, sustainable ecosystem that addresses the main applications and provides answers to all the energy questions raised by electric car users and fleet operators.”
- Elli wants to help put charging points at homes and workplaces, as well as across Volkswagen and VW Group dealerships.
- Fleet charge points (for company cars) and chain outlets are also on the radar. In Elli’s ideal world, there will be a unified charging infrastructure from your garage to your workplace and where you’re going to eat or go shopping.
- There is also scope for energy management. That means communication across a network of car chargers that can, for instance, manage charging network-wide so that minimal strain is put on the local power grid.
- Your car can also be used as an energy storage unit and give power back to the network into which it’s plugged. Cars will even be able to take in power via their solar charging systems and add it to the grid.
100% sustainable electricity for your home and e-vehicle. Green electricity from Elli.
Volkswagen Naturstrom® is a product of Elli, a Volkswagen Group brand. Volkswagen has already committed to the European…
Volkswagen Strengthens New Software Organization
- Volkswagen strengthens its Car.Software organization with it’s Group responsibility for in-car software.
- Since commencing in January 1, 2020, the Car.Software organization will operate as an in-dependent business unit.
- As a Group company, the Car.Software organization will centralize the associates and subsidiaries within the Group that develop car software and software for the digital ecosystems.
- Initially, around 3,000 digital experts from the software-related associates and subsidiaries will be grouped together in this unit.
- The Car.Software organization will be based at Audi Electronics Venture GmbH and will incorporate other German sites, for example in Berlin, Bochum, the Ingolstadt area, the Stuttgart area and in Wolfsburg.
- International locations of the software organization include Seattle and Beijing.
- Going forward, digital experts from the different Group brands and regions will also work together under the mantle of the Car.Software organization.
- The Volkswagen Group is working on a comprehensive expansion of its Car.Software organization.
- In addition to integrating the associates and subsidiaries, the goal is to win skilled professionals from the Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi and Porsche brands for a transfer to the Car.Software organization.
- Over time, the number of experts will be sustainably increased through new hires, strategic acquisitions and further partnerships.
- By 2025, more than 10,000 digital experts in the Car.Software organization will develop the software for the vehicle and the digital ecosystems as well as customer-centric functions at dealers.
- In the long term, the further development of the Car.Software organization will be pursued, using the target vision of a “software brand” within the Group with its own brand design.
- “With our company’s Car.Software organization we will create an ideal platform for pioneering software development in the Volkswagen Group.
- We are stepping up efforts,” says Christian Senger, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for Digital Car & Services, who has Group-wide responsibility for in-vehicle software.
- “We will increase our competitiveness in the Volkswagen Group by controlling a much larger share of the value creation in the digitalization of our vehicles going forward. For this reason we will also develop software on a cross-brand basis in the Car.Software organization. This will allow us to achieve important synergies and economies of scale for all brands.”
- The Car.Software organization intends to invest over EUR 7 billion in its tasks and projects by 2025.
- Having a uniform software architecture will enable Volkswagen to generate sizable economies of scale in the Group, substantially reducing per-vehicle software costs across all brands.
Volkswagen Makes Its Electric Cars Website Carbon-Neutral
- Making everything sustainable, not just the car itself, will inform the marketing approach for the ID4 electric vehicle.
Even more boost for the Volkswagen electric offensive: World car ID.4 now on the way to the world markets
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- Excessively surfing the web can be a waste of time, but is it a waste of energy too?
- By some estimates, tech gadgets, the web and the systems in place to support them account for approximately 4% of global greenhouse emissions, roughly equal to that of commercial aviation.
- That’s because 54% of the global population, around 4 billion of us, use the web. Despite this, digital carbon footprints are still left out of carbon reduction conversations.
- It’s the reason Volkswagen Canada is making its web browsing experience more energy efficient as part of how it positions its new ID4 all-electric crossover vehicle through an initiative called “The Carbon-Neutral Net.”
- Volkswagen is reducing the amount of data embedded in the pages of a web experience around its sustainability efforts, stripping them to their bare bones with black and white text only and images recreated using ASCII text.
- The pages are designed so that less energy is required to transfer the information, thus reducing their digital footprint.
- “Education is key,” says Lynne Piette, director of marketing at Volkswagen, noting that even she was surprised to learn how much energy a typical webpage consumes. According to a Maru/Blue survey of 1,500 Canadians, 73% of consumers are unaware of the web and its impact on the environment.
Volkswagen To Use 90% Renewable Energy At Its Manufacturing Plants
- Volkswagen is making progress towards its goal of carbon-neutral production by 2050 after announcing that it is upping the percentage of renewable energy sources at its plants from 70% to 90% in 2020.
- The external supply of power at the Volkswagen brands 16 plants around the world, excluding in China, has already been switched to 70% green electricity from renewable sources.
- “We want to significantly increase the amount of green energy bought in at our plants this year from 70 to 90%,” said Andreas Tostmann, Volkswagen Brand board of management member for production and logistics.
- In addition to this, Volkswagen is focussing on natural gas for its own power generation and is switching its power plants that produce their own power in Wolfsburg from coal to natural gas.
- The result of the Volkswagen power plants switching energy source will help to contribute to the stability of the national grid and power system in Germany.
What Is The Connection Between Volkswagen, ID.3, Pod Point and Energy Web Validator EDF?
ID.3 | Charging While Traveling
- Firstly let us explore ID.3.
- The ID.3 is Volkswagens first opportunity to prove just how serious they are about EVs, with a stylish, high-range, affordable BEV model geared for the mass market.
How we make ID.3 carbon-neutral
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Home charging | Electric Car Information | Volkswagen UK
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- Ultra-modern interiors and bundles of available tech add to the appeal of the ultra-dependable German household name. So, happily, the ID.3 shows VW coming good on their electric promise.
Pod Point, Volkswagen UK Preferred Supplier
Electric Car Home Charger | Pod Point
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- Home Charging for your plug-in Volkswagen.
- Fast, safe and wi-fi enabled.
- The best way to charge your Volkswagen at home.
I recently wrote a Medium article on EW Validator EDF and their collaboration with Pod Point (see article link below)
Some highlights from the article:
- EDF is drawing up secret plans for a stock market flotation of one of Britain’s biggest providers of electric vehicle charging infrastructure amid soaring demand from motorists.
- EDF who bought a controlling stake in Pod Point less than a year ago has instructed investment bankers at Barclays to begin working on the timing and structure of a public listing.
- An initial public offering (IPO) could value Pod Point at many hundreds of millions of pounds, crystallising a big paper fortune for Erik Fairbairn, the company’s founder.
- EDF’s plans are at an early stage but underline the burgeoning interest in capitalising on the accelerating shift to electric cars, with the government now having established a 2030 target for banning the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles and 2035 for phasing out hybrids.
- EDF would be likely to retain a large stake in Pod Point after an IPO as it seeks to meet its target of becoming the leading energy company for electric mobility in the UK, France, Belgium and Italy.
- Pod Point says it has powered more than 459 million miles of electric driving and has a public network of nearly 4,000 charging bays.
- Pod Point was backed by a group of venture capital funds and other early-stage investors prior to EDF announcing the takeover of the company.
Energy Web Validator EDF Ignites Stock Market With Plan For Pod Point Float
Volkswagen Financial Services Partner With Energy Web Affiliate Share & Charge
- In 2019 Share & Charge were pleased to announce that they had partnered with Volkswagen Financial Services, the eMobility service provider of the largest automotive in the world.
- The company stated that they were glad to continue their strong partnership with Volkswagen Financial Services after already conducting a successful UK Pilot Project together with several CPOs in 2018.
Volkswagen Financial Services Partner with the Share&Charge Foundation | Share&Charge
Volkswagen Financial Services (VWFS) team up with the Share&Charge Foundation for a seamless charging experience.
See below a link to a previous Medium article I wrote on Share & Charge and The Energy Web Foundation
Share&Charge Teams Up With The Energy Web Foundation And Becomes An Affiliate
Who Are Share & Charge ?
What Is The Connection Between A Recently Announced Energy Web Validator (ASA Automation) & Volkswagen?
Some highlights from the announcement:
- On 26 January, 2021 ASA Automation and Energy Web announced a renewable energy project leveraging the EW Zero application to help ASA source renewables for its production facilities in Germany and Chile.
- ASA Automation is a leading global automation and robotics manufacturer that supplies equipment and solutions to multinational companies including Walmart, Nestle, Volkswagen and Pfizer.
- Companies like these with strong sustainability policies require that suppliers such as ASA use low-carbon energy throughout their supply chain.
- EW Zero will enable ASA to provide a verified proof that low-carbon energy was used in its facilities throughout the world to produce its products.
- This pilot builds on the first technical and commercial demonstration of EW Zero — Energy Web’s partnership with Ripple and XRP Foundation to decarbonize the XRP Ledger.
See below Medium article I wrote on the partnership:
ASA Automation Becomes One Of The Latest EW Validator’s To Leverage Energy Web Zero To Decarbonize…
Volkswagen Significantly Expands Charging Infrastructure
- Over 1,200 charging points already in operation at German sites.
- Some 750 new charging points to be installed in 2021, including the first High Power Charging stations with up to 300 kW power.
- Thomas Ulbrich: “We need significantly more charging points in Germany and Europe.”
- Charging at home is also booming: High demand for ID. Charger.
Volkswagen significantly expands charging infrastructure
The Volkswagen brand is significantly expanding the charging infrastructure at its German sites. Some 750 new charging…
Volkswagen To Help Turn Greek Island Into A Model For EVs, Renewable Energy
- Volkswagen has signed an agreement with the Greek government to transition Astypalea to environmentally-friendly vehicles and sources of energy.
- Starting in 2021, a small Mediterranean island called Astypalea will embark on an ambitious six-year long Smart Green Island project to become the first region in the world to have “emissions-free traffic.”
Volkswagen to help turn Greek island into a model for EVs, renewable energy
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Volkswagen Microbus With Smart Energy & Sustainability Launching 2022
- Volkswagen announced their intention to manufacture a smart minibus.
- The Volkswagen microbus sales locations are planned for North America, China and Europe.
- “After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, ‘please build this car’,” says Volkswagen CEO Dr. Herbert Diess.
Volkswagen Microbus with Smart Energy and Sustainability Launching 2022
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Volkswagen Praises Tesla, Commits To More Renewable Energy
Volkswagen Praises Tesla, Commits To More Renewable Energy
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Elon Musk Had a Private Meeting With Volkswagens CEO. It’s a Brilliant Lesson In Emotional Intelligence
Note the following from the below article which I found interesting:
- Musk’s praise for Volkswagens new entry-level electric vehicle, while not exactly effusive, shouldn’t come as surprising to those who follow him.
- In fact, you could argue that VW is falling right in line with Musk’s own plan and stated goals.
- By praising each other, instead of needling, and by focusing on looking for ways to cooperate, instead of ways to compete, both Musk and Diess are opening doors and that could lead to big things for the future.
- And given the friendly relationship between the two chief executives, it’s a safe bet which of the traditional automakers has the greatest chances of striking just such a deal.
Elon Musk Had a Private Meeting With Volkswagen's CEO. It's a Lesson in Emotional Intelligence
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Pioneers In Climate-Friendly Vehicle Manufacturing
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How Volkswagen Is Committing To An Emission-Free Fleet By 2050
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VW Robot Concept Aims To Put EV Charging In Any Space
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The Fully Electric VW ID.4 Is A Direct Assault On Internal Combustion Crossovers
The Fully Electric VW ID.4 Is A Direct Assault On Internal Combustion Crossovers
This morning, Volkswagen officially took the wraps off of the highly anticipated ID.4 electric crossover. Ahead of the…
Green Energy Credit For Volkswagen EV Customers
Green energy credit for Volkswagen EV customers
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Energy Web Affiliate E.ON & Volkswagen To Make Fast Charging Possible Everywhere
E.ON and Volkswagen to Make Fast Charging Possible Everywhere
Energy company E.ON and Volkswagen Group Components join forces to make ultra-fast charging simpler, less expensive and…
VW To Power All German Rail Freight With Renewable Energy By 2021
- Volkswagen has set out plans to power all rail transport of materials and vehicles inside Germany with 100% green electricity by the start of 2021.
- The switch is predicted to reduce carbon dioxide by 26,700 tonnes compared to using the standard German electricity mix.
VW to power all German rail freight with renewable energy by 2021 - future Net Zero
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Will Volkswagen Become The World’s Largest EV Manufacturer?
- Volkswagen has pledged to become carbon-neutral by 2050.
- Included in its roadmap for reaching this target is a plan to manufacture 22 million battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2028.
- Its electrification plan is more aggressive than any other automaker in the top ten.
- Can Volkswagen deliver on its ambitious plans? We called on our analysts along the value chain from metals to renewable energy storage and battery raw materials to explore what could help and hinder VW’s transition.
Will Volkswagen become the world's largest EV manufacturer?
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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Moves Ahead With Autonomous Driving R&D For Mobility As A Service
- The introduction of autonomous systems for traffic use in 2025 is currently being prepared at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
- Christian Senger, Head of Autonomous Driving: “This year, for the first time, we are conducting field trials in Germany, in which the self-driving system by Argo AI will be used in a version of the future ID. BUZZ by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
- The aim is to develop a ride-hailing and pooling concept similar to what MOIA offers today. In the middle of this decade, our customers will then have the opportunity to be taken to their destination in selected cities with autonomous vehicles.”
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles moves ahead with Autonomous Driving R&D for Mobility as a Service
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Volkswagen Leads Consortium To Develop Wireless Road Charging For Electric Cars
- A consortium led by German car maker Volkswagen will develop and implement a project called eCharge that would see electric cars charge as they drive via the road.
- The consortium, which has won €1.9 million ($A3 million) in funding from the German government, also includes Israeli wireless road charging company Electreon, along with transport infrastructure company Eurovia and other subsidiaries of the global Vinci construction group.