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VW and Audi to invest in wind power

The Local · 13 May 2011, 10:24

Published: 13 May 2011 10:24 GMT+02:00

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The Financial Times Deutschland said that Volkswagen and its subsidiary Audi were leading a charge among carmakers to start becoming producers and suppliers of renewable energy.

Audi announced on Thursday evening it would invest in four large wind turbines at a cost of tens of millions of euros. The company declined to say who its partner would be, but the FTD reported that talks were underway with Bard, which runs the Borkum offshore wind farm.

“There are talks taking place at the moment,” a source in the wind power industry told the FTD.

Audi project leader Reiner Mangold told FTD: “We will produce electricity, hydrogen and methane gas – the fuels for our cars.”

However the paper reported that Audi’s parent VW also aimed to become a supplier of renewable energy and to sell the power to its customers as fuel for new, green car models.

The idea is to sell customers a package of the car plus the fuel to run it. With political pressure for the introduction of green cars rising, VW and Audi wanted to take advantage of the chance to tailor a package for their customers, FTD reported.

VW is planning to bring its electric car, Up!, to the market by 2013. It aims to take the leading role in e-mobility efforts.

The firm is also planning to step up its own use of renewable energy at its production facilities such as its plant at Emden in Germany’s far northwest.

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"The example of Audi shows that the traditional business model of the automaker can really change through e-mobility," Willi Diez of the Institute for Automotive Research in Geislingen told FTD. “The acceptance of electric cars depends on environmentally friendly electricity."

An Audi spokesman told the paper: "Our early experience is that the customer wants a complete package."

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17:16 May 13, 2011 by MarshaLynn
So you're going to erect those huge windmills all over Germany? They are also noisy. How many will you have to build to supply power to the entire nation? Will there be any room left for anything else once those monstrosities cover the entire landscape? And after you stop using oil, what will you use to manufacture products such as plastics?

I'm very much in favor of being a good steward of the environment. But I also prefer to be practical about what does and does not work.
17:31 May 13, 2011 by ron1amr
Its a great way for motoring companies and oil companies to continue making super money. They all too well know oil with its price and availability will decline so they need to set in motion new technologies being green is the only way to go. (Not to mention oil spills from tankers and rigs to pirating)

Although I would much prefer smaller wind farms for each dwelling so every one can be self sufficient instead of always relying on the large companies. But Governments prefer it this way as the large companies pay large taxes which go back to the Government in turn the Government give people benefits so the people will vote them in for the next term in office.
19:23 May 14, 2011 by danyang
oh,MarshaLynn, I can not see u are really care about environment. you dont support wind power because it can not be proved perfect, and u dont want to give up oil because èn^^^^^ the oil industry has been definitely proved negative to our planet?

I also cant understand why there are really someone believe their landscape is more important than all the horrible results of globle warming.
04:35 May 15, 2011 by neunElf

You obviously don't care about the environment, typing away at your electronically powered keyboard, built with many petrochemicals!
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