The ceremonial signing of the letter of intent accompanies the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the partnership between the cities of Poznań and Hanover. Marcin Baszyński, Head of Logistics Department and coordinator of the strategic initiative Urban Logistics at Volkswagen Poznań emphasizes: "It is no accident today that on the day of the 40th anniversary of the partnership of our regions, we give our cooperation a formal character. It was the city logistics solutions successfully implemented in Hanover, together with the Volkswagen Brands Vans plant, that became the impulse to take a similar initiative in our region. One of the key challenges of sustainable transport in the cities of the future is to provide solutions for so-called last mile. "
Jacek Jaśkowiak, Mayor of Poznań "Good organization of freight traffic in the city is as important as ensuring the mobility of residents. We want both individual and freight transport in Poznań to be efficient and generate the least noise, exhaust gases and other nuisances. And this requires taking innovative actions, especially in the field of electromobility development. I am glad that we can do it together with experienced partners and based on the best practices of cities such as Hanover, with which we have 40 years of fruitful cooperation. "
Dr hab. Arkadiusz Kawa, Director, Research Network Łukasiewicz - Institute of Logistics and Warehousing "Cities in a situation of increasing congestion must ensure not only the mobility of residents, but also the distribution of goods. The increase in internet sales is causing a growing flow of loads. Each order of goods means delivery to an individual customer. The "last mile" generates not only very high costs (up to 40% of logistics costs), but also negatively affects the natural environment and the quality of life of residents. Therefore, infrastructure solutions and the use of modern technologies that will reduce these problems are needed. We believe that together with our Partners - the City of Poznań and Volkswagen Poznań, we will create better conditions for the functioning of our city in the future. "
Volkswagen Poznań and Volkswagen Group Polska have been taking actions for years and investing in the development of modern mobility. This year, the Volkswagen e-Crafter electric model was tested in Poznań by the Żabka chain of stores. This model is produced at the Volkswagen Poznań factory in Września in cooperation with the plant in Hanover.
At the same time, all Volkswagen Poznań factories, in which, apart from the Volkswagen Crafter model, also the Volkswagen Caddy and Volkswagen Transporter models are created, have been powered by 100% electricity from renewable sources since 2018.
The condition for the development of electromobility in Poland is to provide the necessary urban infrastructure. Also in this field, the Volkswagen Group invests in the development of electric vehicle charging networks. In Poland, by the end of next year, 400 publicly available charging points will be launched at the showrooms of brands belonging to the Volkswagen Group. 70 of them are now available. According to the "Electromobility Counter" launched by the Polish Alternative Fuels Association and the Polish Automotive Industry Association, at the end of August 2019, there were 888 publicly available charging stations in Poland, translating into 1611 points. The Volkswagen Group investment will therefore make a very significant contribution to the development of public infrastructure.