Volkswagen Group Joins IRMA. What Does It Mean?
Our Commitment to Responsible Supply Chain Sourcing and Workers’ Health and Safety
Last year, Volkswagen released its very first all-electric vehicle known as the VW ID.4. It is arguably one of the most exciting and best reviewed vehicles that Volkswagen has ever produced. In fact, the VW ID.4 was the winner of the 2021 World Car of the Year Award, besting EV and non-electric vehicles alike.
The VW ID.4 has a starting MSRP of $41,230 (as low as $33,730 after potential federal tax credit), which makes it one of the most affordable electric vehicles on the market. It can also drive up to 280 miles on a single charge (ID.4 Pro edition), which should be more than enough range to get you through the work week.
However, now that VW is in the electric vehicle space, that means sourcing materials for one of the most vital parts of the ID.4 – the battery. If Volkswagen is to remain a key player in the EV space, then they need to be able to responsibly source lithium, cobalt, nickel, and graphite to create batteries.
Fortunately, the Volkswagen Group made a major move back in March 2022 by joining the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA).
What is IRMA?
In the world of mining and sourcing raw materials, IRMA is the initiative that ensures it is being done in a socially and environmentally responsible way. Their mission is to protect the people in the mining industry while also keeping the environmental impact of mining down to an absolute minimum.
IRMA’s board members consist of individuals from the mining industry, purchasers of raw materials, non-governmental organizations, affected communities, organized labor officials, and investors.
Collectively, IRMA sets the standard for responsible mining that considers business integrity, planning and managing for positive legacies, and social and environmental responsibility. IRMA currently has more than 50 members, including the Volkswagen Group, all working to leverage their global reach toward responsible mining practices.
What Does Volkswagen Joining IRMA Mean?
As previously mentioned, the VW ID.4 is the first EV vehicle offered from Volkswagen; however, it’s the first of many. The German automaker has a few electric vehicles in the development queue. What this tells us is that the plan to offer climate-neutral mobility is still on the horizon for VW.
However, there’s a right and wrong way to go about this when it comes to sourcing raw materials. With VW formally joining IRMA, it demonstrates they want to go about their sourcing for current and future electric vehicles the right way.
Sustainable supply chains start in the mine, so IRMA members rely on clear standards and best practices among raw material suppliers, buyers, workers, and investors. By joining, the Volkswagen Group has made the commitment to applying the IRMA standards to its battery supply chains.
For you, it means that you can confidently shop for a VW EV, knowing that Volkswagen is working to protect the environment.
How to Test Drive the VW ID.4 at Your Local Volkswagen Dealer
Now that you know a little more about the Volkswagen ID.4 and how its parts are sourced, the next step is for you to get behind the wheel of one so you can test drive it for yourself. We can guarantee you that it more than lives up to the hype.
To get started, visit the Volkswagen ID.4 page of our website and click on the “Build & Reserve Your ID.4” button. This allows you to select the trim level and optional features you want for your ID.4. We will contact you once it arrives at the VW Clear Lake dealership so you can come down and test drive it.
If you decide the VW ID.4 is not for you – no worries – we can sell it to the next interested buyer. Or, you can purchase it and drive off in an incredible electric vehicle powered by German engineering.
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You can check out the ultra-powerful VW Atlas or the incredibly fuel-efficient VW Jetta to kick things off. Don’t forget, all new VW vehicles come with our amazing Carefree Coverage warranty.
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