Volkswagen goes electric and ceases internal combustion engine production in 2035 – MercoPress
Volkswagen goes electric and ceases production of internal combustion engines in 2035
Germany’s Volkswagen will no longer produce internal combustion engine cars in Europe by 2035, said a board member. The announcement comes as European car manufacturers face increasing pressure to tackle climate change and curb emissions under the new EU regulations
Klaus Zellmer, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at Volkswagen’s passenger car brand, revealed the schedule in an interview.
?? In Europe, we will exit the internal combustion engine business between 2033 and 2035, ?? Zellmer told the Munich Mercury.
The schedule for the exit affects Volkswagen brand cars, while plans are also in the works for other Volkswagen Group brands.
Zellmer told the newspaper that the exit will come a little later in the United States and China. and that it will take even longer in Africa and South America due to a lack of political framework conditions and infrastructure.
Although Volkswagen is looking to expand its range of electric vehicles, the company will continue to invest in internal combustion engines for the time being, Zellmer said, adding that diesel vehicles remain in high demand.
The comments follow a similar announcement from Audi, a subsidiary of Volkswagen. Audi plans to stop producing cars with internal combustion engines in 2033.
The US automaker Ford and Volvo from Sweden announced that they would become fully electric in Europe from 2030. Public outcry over climate change and new environmental regulations in Europe have prompted the switch to electric vehicles.
Volkswagen in particular wants its reputation for the ?? Dieselgate ?? Scandal that cost the company billions.
In 2015, the German auto giant admitted illegally equipping millions of diesel vehicles around the world with emissions fraud software – resulting in a series of lawsuits against the company and former executives.