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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