Volkswagen’s electric mobility efforts will soon expand through a new deal with the city of Hamburg, Germany, the company announced in a press release.
Urban mobility concepts and intermodality, traffic control and management, autonomous driving and parking, innovative vehicle concepts and alternative technologies, as well as air pollution control are the cornerstones of this partnership that represents a further building block in Volkswagen AG’s new “TOGETHER 2025” strategy, which involves EVs accounting for more than 20% of group sales by 2025.
“Mobility remains a basic human need, even in the digital age. Constant calls for doing without or banning mobility are not the answer,” Volkswagen AG CEO Matthias Müller commented. “What is needed is intelligent concepts that make the automobile part of the solution and no longer part of the problem. As a hub of innovation, Hamburg is already a pioneer when it comes to forward-looking themes such as digitalization or the intelligent transport systems (ITS) strategy. With our ideas and our expertise, we want to contribute to making Hamburg a model city for intelligent transport.”
The German government also sees Hamburg as a possible proving ground for self-driving cars. Both the city and the automaker are trying to implement a joint project under this mobility partnership.