In line with the central topic of this year’s Hanover international trade fair, ‘greentelligence’, automaker Volkswagen (VW) gave visitors a comprehensive idea of the resource-conserving vehicle production processes of the future.
Apart from the environmentally compati- ble production methods of the Think Blue Factory, the main emphasis was on low- fuel-consumption vehicles and innovative electromobility.
At the beginning of March, in Geneva, the VW group already announced the launch of a fundamental environmental transformation in the coming five years – the group will be spending well over two-thirds of the entire €62.4-billion investment directly or indirectly on ever more efficient vehicles, new powertrain concepts and environmentally compatible production at VW plants throughout the world.
At its stand in Hanover, Volkswagen tackled the question of how individual mobility can be brought into harmony with sustainable action. Apart from the programme for resource-conserving vehicle production, this also includes efficient VW brand vehicles with BlueMotion technologies, electromobility and new mobility concepts such as the Quicar car-sharing project.
The ideal Think Blue Factory was the key element of this year’s presentation. The VW passenger car brands have set clear targets for the future. By 2018, the aim is to reduce the environmental impact of all VW plants by 25%. This especially includes energy consumption, waste volumes, air pollution, water use and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. At its stand, VW gave an indication of the technical approach adopted to achieving these targets.
Taking the example of intelligent lightweight construction using hot stamping, already used by Volkswagen in series production, VW presented an advanced production technology that helps conserve resources in a sustain- able way. Dry machining, which does not require any cooling and lubrication emulsion, thanks to the use of new machines and tools and modified machining processes, also significantly reduces CO2 emissions at VW plants.
In addition, in a simulated production line, the company gave a clear presentation of the mode of operation of its Modular Transverse Matrix – a key technology that is to be introduced at the Wolfsburg and Zwickau plants this year.