Volkswagen plans to stop selling internal combustion engine vehicles in Europe by 2035
Volkswagen plans to stop selling internal combustion engines in Europe by 2035, a board member told the German newspaper Munich Mercury (above Reuters).
Volkswagen sales director Klaus Zellmer told the newspaper that the company would “withdraw from the business with internal combustion engines in Europe between 2033 and 2035”. However, it would take longer to stop internal combustion engine sales in the US and China – that will come “a little later” – and in South America and Africa, where he said, “it will take a lot longer. ”
Zellmer said the automaker’s entire fleet will be carbon neutral by 2050 at the latest. By 2030, he wants to achieve 70 percent of the company’s total sales in Europe with electric vehicles.
Volkswagen’s CO2-neutral targets are close to several competitors; Ford announced earlier this year that it would only sell electric vehicles in Europe by 2030 and plans to spend $ 1 billion to convert its factory in Cologne, Germany into an EV production line. And in April, Honda announced plans to phase out gas vehicles by 2040.
Several European countries have their own targets for banning traditional gas vehicles, with Norway targeting 2025, France targeting 2040, and the UK targeting 2050. In the US, California plans to ban gas vehicle sales by 2035, with several other states adopting the California model.