On February 6, 2023, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Alternative Fuels Based Vehicles Rally in Bengaluru. The rally was part of the India Energy Week (IEW), which was organized by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) to mark the beginning of India’s G20 Presidency.
The E20 Compliant ŠKODA KUSHAQ and Volkswagen TAIGUN
The ŠKODA KUSHAQ and Volkswagen TAIGUN, part of the VW Group’s INDIA 2.0 cars, were designed to keep up with India’s changing mobility dynamics. These vehicles are E20 compliant and align with the Government of India’s vision for a decarbonized mobility. Piyush Arora, Managing Director and CEO of Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited, stated that the company will continue to focus on sustainable mobility solutions, including biofuels, as India moves towards its goal of clean energy.
Christian Cahn von Seelen, Executive Director of Sales, Marketing and Digital at ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India, added that the company is happy to partner with the Indian Government in its Net Zero mission. He also expressed excitement that the ŠKODA KUSHAQ and Volkswagen TAIGUN were part of the landmark rally and looked forward to shaping a greener future for the country.
Volkswagen Group’s ‘goTOzero’ Environmental Mission
Volkswagen Group’s environmental mission, ‘goTOzero’, aims to make the company carbon-neutral by 2050. This is a strategic initiative towards sustainable mobility and a cornerstone of the Group’s manufacturing processes. The Group’s Aurangabad facility transitioned to 100% green energy in November 2022, ahead of its 2025 target. The Pune facility also has one of the largest rooftop solar power plants, which provides close to 30% of the facility’s annual energy needs.
ŠKODA KUSHAQ and Volkswagen TAIGUN: Safe and Sustainable Cars
The ŠKODA KUSHAQ and Volkswagen TAIGUN have been accredited with 5-star ratings by Global NCAP, making them the safest made-in-India cars. The cars achieved the highest rating for both adult and child occupant protection. With their compatibility with E20 fuel, these vehicles also represent the VW Group’s commitment to sustainable mobility.
The Alternative Fuels Based Vehicles Rally, flagged off by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, was a significant event in India’s push towards decarbonized mobility. The ŠKODA KUSHAQ and Volkswagen TAIGUN, part of the VW Group’s INDIA 2.0 cars, are a testament to the company’s commitment to sustainable and safe mobility. The Group’s ‘goTOzero’ environmental mission and transition to green energy demonstrate the company’s dedication to shaping a greener future for the country.
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