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facilities in 15 countries and a broad product range stretching from
the ultra-economical "3-litre" passenger
car to luxury and sports cars, light trucks and commercial vehicles,
the Volkswagen Group has grown up to one of the largest globally active
automotive manufacturers with world-wide sales of roughly 5 million
units in 2003 (market share 12.1 %). The company consists of nine independent
brands from six European countries. Since many years VW is market leader
in Western Europe with last year sales of about 3.0 million cars (market
share 18.4 %). Volkswagen Groups annual turnover exceeded 87 billion
EUROS in 2003 with an expenditure for R&D of approx. 3.5 billion
EUROS. The average number of employees worldwide was 335.000 of which
20.200 were occupied in Group-wide RTD activities.Volkswagen's aim
is to produce vehicles with ever increasing quality, safety and technology
standards and at the same time reduce fuel consumption and emission
levels. VW is interested in the application of new developments in
all automotive areas not only to meet all relevant technical and legal
requirements but also to satisfy customer demands on a consistently
Volkswagen's R&D organisation is working on every field of automotive application and is responsible for identifying, evaluating and transferring innovative technologies to advanced engineering or series development departments of all brands of the Volkswagen Group i.e. AUDI, SKODA (Czech Republic), SEAT (Spain) etc.
Volkswagen`s R&D activities in electric and hybrid vehicles started already in the early seventies, supplemented by the fuel cell vehicle activities followed in the nineties. Today there is a long time of experience in this field concerning the overall vehicle technology as well as the competence regarding component development. All R&D activities for alternative drivetrain vehicles are continuously accompanied by standardisation, regulation and safety requirement activities. Efforts have been focused to increase continuously vehicle efficiency, components reliability and safety and to decrease continuously fuel consumption, emissions, weight, volume and cost.
Volkswagen has experience in co-ordination of and participation in EC funded projects involving European car manufacturers, suppliers and universities (e.g. FP5: ASTOR, FUERO, FUEVA, LIBERAL, SUVA, DIGAFA, CLEAN, GET-DRIVE, KnowNOx, DIDTREAT, STORECAT, PREMTECH, TECABS, LIRECAR, MgChassis, DIAMOND, ENIGMATIC, Supercar. FP6: RENEW, NICE, HyTRAN, InMar, PReVENT, APROSYS, APSN etc.).The persons who will be involved in the workpackages and tasks of this proposed project have been active in their fields for many years and have gained a wealth of experience in conducting of National and European Research Projects.Willi Josefowitz graduated in electrical engineering joined Volkswagen in 1978. His primary experiences and activities are in the field of electrochemical energy storage systems, hybrid and fuel cell vehicle drivetrains, safety and standardisation activities at VW and in the relevant standardisation bodies for electric, hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles. Currently he is managing Volkswagens contribution to the EC funded projects FUEVA and HyTRAN.