Volkswagen aims to sell 22mn EV vehicles in next ten years
The automotive giant Volkswagen has confirmed it aims to sell 22mn fully-electric vehicles during the next ten years with 70 different models planned, according to Autocar.
As part of its 2017 Roadmap E plan, Volkswagen set an initial aim of 50 electric vehicles by 2030 and hopes that by 2025 the company’s fleet CO2 footprint will be approximately 30% lower than in 2015.
Following the release of the first two electric vehicles, the Audi E-tron and Porsche Taycan, Volkswagen confirmed it had received 20,000 expressions of interest for the vehicles.
By expanding the total number of electric models, it is expected that the projected number of fully-electric vehicles will rise considerably from 15mn to 22mn and consist of around 40% of the group’s vehicle fleet.
With difficult CO2 targets to meet, Vokswagen boss, Herbert Diess, confirmed that the company’s aims aligned with the Paris Agreement in its bid to make Europe CO2 neutral by 2050.
Diess commented: “This supertanker is picking up speed and is becoming faster and more agile. VW is evolving from carmaker to software company.”
SAP Whitepaper: Advantages of Intelligent Assets
A core pillar in SAP’s Industry 4.0 strategy, Intelligent Assets equip organisations to reduce downtime, empower employees and increase efficiencies across industrial equipment and manufacturing units.
In a whitepaper produced in partnership between SAP and BizClik Media Group, Rachel Romanoski, Solutions Manager, Digital Assets, SAP, dispels some of the myths surrounding asset intelligent, and shares insight into how even small investment in asset intelligence can pay dividends in minimising cost leakage and realising an asset’s potential.
As with all innovations, the ceiling for Intelligent Assets is as high as an organisation can dream, afford and implement. But Romanoski says that just a little intelligence can go a long way: “Oftentimes people think Intelligent Assets need to be the latest and greatest cutting-edge technology. They can be super advanced, such as leveraging physics-based engineering simulations to forecast potential failures, and help mitigate them. But it could be as simple as a temperature reading. You can pull a lot of simple information from most equipment, and by enhancing that data through ancillary solutions and digital capabilities, you can create that Intelligent Asset.”
One of the most immediate benefits is reducing or, in some cases, eliminating unplanned downtime. Equipment failure is one of the most common causes of disruption and can cause chaos throughout the supply chain.
“The true power of the Intelligent Asset is in changing the basic, reactive emergency work or time-based, planned maintenance and being more prescriptive and tailored to that specific asset and use case,” Romanoski says. “Ultimately, you can reduce the unplanned events that often carry a big price tag.”
"Oftentimes people think Intelligent Assets need to be the latest and greatest cutting-edge technology... But it could be as simple as a temperature reading"
Other financial benefits include stemming cost leakage and “sweating assets” to the full potential. “Maybe you can consider the lifecycle of the asset and understand whether you can push it a little bit further,” Romanoski explains. “It might be that the best course of action for a low-cost item is to run it to failure. Having this information that we collect over time empowers those people to make those better decisions, but also has a trickle down effect to building resiliency and efficiency into the entire supply chain.”
To read the full report, including insight from Intelligent Assets, Intelligent Factories, Empowered People, and exclusive insight from Dominik Metzger, the lead on SAP’s Industry 4.0 programme, CLICK HERE.