Alternative Transportation: Encouraging Employees to Bike to Work
In 2015, Volkswagen Group of America teamed up with People for Bikes and its National Bike Challenge to encourage VWGoA employees to bike to work more frequently. To support this initiative, Tim Johnson, Volkswagen Brand Ambassador and former professional cyclist, met with employees to discuss biking safety and led an employee bike ride around the Herndon, Virginia headquarters. Employees were also encouraged to bring in their old, unused bicycles to donate to Bikes for the World, an organization that collects used bikes and donates them to underserved people around the world.
Promoting Women and Diversity: Supporting Talent through Mentorships
With our signature program, we are providing talented female members of Volkswagen Group of America’s staff and people from ethnic minorities with mentors from the management division. The program will help ensure that groups of employees who have been historically underrepresented in management positions are provided with opportunities to connect with and learn from senior executives. This program aims to enhance and develop the business skills of mentees, as well as provide information on career development and access to new opportunities.
Sustainable Mobility in the United States: Supporting E-mobility
In 2014, Volkswagen of America (VWoA) introduced the all-electric 2015 e-Golf to the US market. The e-Golf was the most efficient car in its class for the 2015 model year, with an estimated range of 83 miles on a single charge and a fuel economy rating of 116 combined miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe), according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. As part of its holistic approach to sustainable mobility, Volkswagen has invested in carbon reduction projects intended to help offset estimated greenhouse gas emissions from the e-Golf’s production, distribution and other estimated emissions for up to the first 36,000 miles of driving.
Furthermore, VWoA announced that by 2016, the company will invest approximately $10 million in charging station infrastructure to support the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the United States. One part of this investment has been made in an initiative with another automaker and ChargePoint®, a company specializing in charging stations, aiming to help increase the number of public fast-charging locations across the country. This initiative is working to make it more convenient to own and recharge electric vehicles, and give consumers the confidence of knowing they can drive their EVs without range anxiety.