VW Trips on an Urban Cleaner Car for Accra’s Roads

The plane takes off on an overcast day from the Ghanaian capital Accra, where Koninklijke Volkswagen Rolls a few prototypes of the new urban cleaner Concept model into the leafy forest of the big…

VW Trips on an Urban Cleaner Car for Accra's Roads

The plane takes off on an overcast day from the Ghanaian capital Accra, where Koninklijke Volkswagen Rolls a few prototypes of the new urban cleaner Concept model into the leafy forest of the big city.

The engine smokes and smothers the interior of the futuristic-looking aircraft, but it is slightly symbolic for the carbon emissions the passenger car manufacturer plans to cut in the process of manufacturing the Concept electric, cabriolet-style bus for public use in Accra and beyond.

VW would need to produce well in excess of 120 buses a year to make a significant dent in the country’s energy bill, but the company still expects large orders from both government and private customers, including the Ministry of Works for Accra, a bustling seaside city of more than one million.

Mr. Tschopp, senior global head of VW Passenger Cars, describes the sedan-sized vehicle that debuted in 2011 as the perfect cog in a larger solution that will cut both CO2 emissions and the nation’s overall carbon footprint.

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