Wolfsburg (dpa) - Volkswagen wants to examine allegations of deception about climate protection in the new electric fleet.

The carmaker announced on Tuesday that the current allegations will be investigated in detail.

The environmental organization Greenpeace accuses the group of failing to offset greenhouse gases generated in production as advertised.

"VW fooled ID customers into climate-friendly production and ignored the really big steps towards less CO2," said Greenpeace traffic expert Benjamin Stephan.

Volkswagen pretends to offset unavoidable CO2 emissions from the production of its ID series by purchasing certificates, according to a publication by the environmental organization.

With reference to its own research, Greenpeace accuses the only known compensation project, Katingan Mentaya on Borneo, that it does not achieve any additional CO2 savings through which VW could offset its own emissions.

Greenpeace criticizes information on the project in Indonesia.

The assumed threats to the 150,000 hectare forest area from the paper or palm oil industry turn out to be extremely improbable or even excluded on closer inspection, according to environmentalists.

Accordingly, the forest would store as much CO2 without the project as with it, is the conclusion.

The VW Group emphasized that the forest project mentioned had been repeatedly certified according to a recognized international climate protection standard.

The project developer is already in contact with the allegations.

After the launch of the ID.3, Volkswagen intends to expand its electric fleet with the compact sports off-road vehicle (SUV) ID.4.

Both models are of decisive importance for the world's largest car company in the coming years in view of the climate debate and stricter CO2 targets of the EU.

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