VW Launches a new carbon offsetting scheme to ensure its Electric Cars Are Zero Emission

Fully-electric cars are emissions free during their daily use,provided you charge them up from renewable sources of electricity such as wind, wave or solar of course.

However, not everyone who drives an electric car has access to 100 per cent renewable energy, meaning their cars are as green as the power mix provided to them by the local utility company. For U.S. owners of the soon-to-launch Volkswagen e-Golf however, that won’t be a problem thanks to a new carbon offsetting scheme announced this week.

Based on a similar scheme being operated in parts of Europe, Volkswagen North America has ensured that every 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf sold in the U.S. is truly zero emissions.

It will do this by purchasing  enough carbon offsets to account for the manufacture, transportation and use of every Volkswagen e-Golf sold in the U.S. from factory through to the first 36,000 miles it travels on the road.

Under carbon offsetting, ‘carbon credits’ are purchased by a company with a large carbon footprint in order to account for their corporate emissions. The money from the credits are in turn used to fund existing renewable energy or carbon reduction projects.  

In the case of Volkswagen’s carbon offsetting for the e-Golf, the money paid by VW to offset the e-Golf’s carbon footprint is being used to help maintain the Big River and Salmon Creek Forests in Mendocino County, California.  Some 16,000 acres in size, the forest is partly funded form the proceeds of carbon offset programs.

 Additional money from VW’s carbon offsetting is being sent to the McKinney Landfill in Texas, where methane gasses from landfill are being captured and stored for use as fuel instead of being released directly into the atmosphere.