Recharge Wrap-up: New Mitsubishi Evo PHEV, Amsterdam buses go all electric by 2025

BMW, GM In Top 5 For Onsite Green Energy Generation

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Mitsubishi hopes to launch a new vehicle badged as the Evo based on the Concept XR-PHEV II. Mitsubishi President and COO Tetsuro Aikawa tells Autocar the new vehicle will share characteristics with the outgoing Lancer Evolution loved by enthusiasts, but will feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain in the body of a compact crossover. "In Japanese, when you pronounce 'Oh,' it means 'king,'" says Aikawa. "So we would like to launch this type of car, featuring EV and PHEV technology, which is the ultimate of its kind. 'EV' for electric vehicle, 'O' for king - Evo." The Mitsu boss also envisions the four-wheel-drive Evo to be "light and fast - something performance-oriented." Read more at Autocar, or at Hybrid Cars.

Amsterdam aims to have all its buses running on electric power by 2025. Within two years, the city will have 40 electric buses in operation, and will phase out the rest of the diesel fleet in the following years. "This project means we are saying goodbye to symbolic behavior and pilot projects," says transport alderman Abdeluheb Choho. "We have decided to just do it, not to experiment with five buses." Read more at Clean Technica.

BMW and General Motors are both listed in the top five US organizations generating and using green energy onsite. In an EPA list, BMW's Spartanburg, South Carolina manufacturing facility is number four, with credit going to its use of landfill gas. In 2013, 69,383,477 kWh - or 37 percent of its total usage - came from green energy. GM's Fort Wayne Assembly was number five, with 43 percent of its power coming from methane from a nearby landfill. Volkwsagen also made the Top 30 list, at number 15, for its Chattanooga assembly plant's use of solar power. See the EPA's full list, and read more at Green Car Congress.

Volkswagen will release its 2014 sustainability report on Twitter on Monday, May 4. It will be the first step in using the social medium to distribute information on economic, environmental and social sustainability to a larger audience. The report will include a section called "Electrifying China with a tailor-made efficiency strategy," which focuses on reducing CO2 emissions through the use of electric vehicles. Volkswagen has already begun releasing highlights from its report on its Twitter account with the hashtag #VWCSR. Read more in the press release below and, of course, on Twitter next week.

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Volkswagen Group to present sustainability report on Twitter for the first time

• Interim balance regarding the company's environmental, economic and social responsibility to be published on May 4th
• Exclusive highlights of the report are available in advance on under the hashtag #VWCSR
• Board of Management members provide insight into strategic issues surrounding sustainability

The Volkswagen Group is presenting its annual sustainability report on the social networking service Twitter for the first time. Starting today, important snippets on topics of economic, environmental and social sustainability are being distributed exclusively via this information channel. The complete sustainability report for 2014 will be published next Monday, May 4th.

For the first time, the new report includes essays on strategically relevant topics written by Board of Management members. For instance, in the chapter "Strategy" Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, writes about the new era of the automobile ("How can we shape a changing world?"). In the chapter "Economy", Chief Financial Officer Hans Dieter Pötsch shares his views on the progress of globalization and the altered balance of power in the world economy ("Uncertainty is the new normality – And business needs to deal with it").

Dr. Horst Neumann, Member of the Group Board of Management responsible for Human Resources, evaluates the consequences stemming from the digitalization of the working environment in the chapter "People" ("Industry 4.0 – A major employment opportunity"). In the chapter "Environment", Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Member of the Group Board of Management as well as President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China, analyzes the key role assumed by the development of electric cars in the reduction of CO2 emissions ("Electrifying China with a tailor-made efficiency strategy"). Bernd Osterloh, Chairman of the General and Group Works Council, comments in an interview on the workforce's commitment in the field of social responsibility ("When it comes to sustainability, you can never do enough").

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