Shaping Mobility Podcast
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#13 The AutoAbo car subscription model: Is using the new owning?
Is using the new owning? The fact of the matter is this: subscriptions are in fashion – including in the area of cars and mobility. More and more people can imagine subscribing to a car in the future instead of buying one. "With the AutoAbo car subscription service, we offer our customers the right solution for flexible mobility," says Imelda Labbé, Board Member for Sales, Marketing and After Sales at Volkswagen Passenger Cars. But how does the subscription work? What are the advantages? And who can benefit the most? In the podcast, we answer all questions about the VW car subscription model and share our first impressions.
#12 Taking an electric car on holiday: making travel easy
Is taking an electric car on holiday feasible? Yes, with more than 300,000 charging stations in Europe alone and ranges for everyday use, travelling is made easy. Volkswagen’s electric cars have a very spacious interior, are sustainable to drive, and provide support with driver assistance systems. But where do I find the nearest available charging station? How does rapid charging work? And what is the best way to prepare for taking an electric car on holiday? We provide tips and answer the most important questions in the podcast.
#11 Industry 4.0: Work and production in the electric era
The automotive industry is experiencing an unprecedented rate of change. Electromobility and digitisation are driving the transformation, which is bringing opportunities as well as challenges. There is a special focus on converting production to electric cars. At Volkswagen it was the Zwickau plant that took the lead in 2019, and now electric models such as the ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5 are being produced there. Other locations from China to Emden followed, and this year will see the Chattanooga plant in the USA start producing electric cars. But how do you build electric cars? How does this impact employees? And where is the journey heading? In a podcast we discuss the transformation of work at Europe’s largest car manufacturer.
#10 ID. Buzz Sneak Preview: Electrical Reinvention of the “Bulli”
Volkswagen’s most emotional electric model: that is the ID. Buzz, successor to the legendary “Bulli”. “If I had to describe the ID. Buzz in three words, they would be likeable, iconic and unique. Or in other words: There are a lot of electric cars, but only one ID. Buzz. And only Volkswagen could put this car on the streets,” says CEO Ralf Brandstätter.
In the Shaping Mobility Podcast, we present a sneak preview just days ahead of the world premiere on 9 March: Experts reveal what makes the ID. Buzz so special, and why the electrical reinvention of the “Bulli”, with its digital strengths, is synonymous with the future of Volkswagen. Exclusive sound bites offer a taste of the sound of the ID. Buzz.
#09 Best of Shaping Mobility Podcast: Crash course on the future of mobility
It’s almost unprecedented for our mobility to be changing as rapidly as it is today: electric models race from one sales record to the next, software updates determine the strengths and weaknesses of our cars. Autonomous driving is on the verge of evolving from a vision into a business model – and climate neutrality will be a requirement for all future transport services.
#08 E-car batteries: Are they really efficient and clean?
The battery is a central component of any electric car: This is where the energy is stored, without which the car will not move a metre. We take a closer look at the battery in the Shaping Mobility Podcast: How far can we travel on one battery charge? What is Volkswagen working on? What technology will soon be ready for use? And: What truth is there in the criticism of the mining of raw materials needed for batteries? Providing the answers are Franziska Killiches, an expert in the sustainable acquisition of raw materials at Volkswagen, and Dr. Matthias Ullrich, Head of Technology and Cell Development at Volkswagen Group Components. Another guest on the podcast is Prof. Martin Winter. The chemist heads the MEET battery research centre at the University of Münster and is the founding director of the Helmholtz Institute in Münster – a sub-institute of the Jülich Research Centre.
#07 Autonomous driving: the future of mobility?
Will our cars really be able to drive themselves in the near future? When will this be possible? How will it work? And: How will transportation change when we are being chauffeured around by ridepooling services? Christian Senger, division manager for Autonomous Driving at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, , CEO of MOIA, and Dr. Anjes Tjarks, Hamburg’s Senator for Transportation and the Mobility Revolution answer all these questions and more.
#06 Sounds of the future: What does electric mobility sound like?
What characterises sound design? What does a Volkswagen electric car sound like? What sounds are in the ID.3? And does electric mobility have a positive effect on our environment – are cities getting quieter? Indra-Lena Kögler, UX designer at Volkswagen, and Prof. Dr. Philip Leistner, Director of the Institute for Acoustics and Building Physics IABP at the University of Stuttgart and Managing Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP, answer these questions.
#05 From codes to connectivity: Why does the future belong to IT talents?
Why are IT and software specialists becoming increasingly important to automotive manufacturers? What sets them apart, what approach do they contribute? Which IT innovations are shaping the automotive future? And what are the challenges during development? Andrea Morgan-Schönwetter, Head of Recruiting & Talent Marketing at Volkswagen, and Dr. Max Senges, CEO and Headmaster of 42 Wolfsburg, explain what makes the difference to Alina and Vinzenzo.
#04 Major football events and sustainable mobility: How do they go together?
The men’s European football championship kicks off on 11th June. Teams, fans and media from around the world will travel to this major event. But how will the large numbers of people get to the stadium or hotel? And above all: Is there a sustainable option? In episode 4, Alina and Vincenzo discuss this with Stephan Franssen, who is responsible for the UEFA sponsoring at Volkswagen, and Nico Briskorn, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at VfL Wolfsburg.
#03 E-mobility as a mass market: What can we learn from China?
What makes China a pioneer in electric mobility? What incentives lead to more electric cars on the road? What are the challenges? And what can we learn from China? This is what episode 3 with Alina and Vincenzo is all about. This episode’s guests are Olaf Gutowski, Head of Sales and Marketing at Volkswagen in China, and Jacky Ives, consultant for mobility providers in the Chinese market at Sinolytics.
#02 E-cars for everyone? A talk with Silke Bagschik and Henning Kagermann
What are the advantages of electric cars? Where and how quickly can I charge my e-car? What are the costs involved? And how sustainable are electric cars really – is there the right ecological balance? Alina Engelmeier and Vincenzo Lanzilotti tackle the debate on e-mobility in episode 2. Together with Dr. Silke Bagschik, Head of Sales & Marketing, E-Mobility Series at Volkswagen, and Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann, Chairman of the National Platform for the Future of Mobility, they discuss uncertainties and doubts.
#01 Computers on wheels: How can cars become true digital gadgets?
How will we spend our time in the car of the future? Which digital features will ensure greater safety and comfort when driving in the future? And will the car become a smartphone on wheels – or is it already? Alina and Vincenzo talk to Anja Hendel, Managing Director of diconium, and Ole Reuss, Head of Volkswagen’s Software Development Center in Hanover.