Volkswagen will introduce the final of its automobiles powered by inner combustion engines in 2026.
Bloomberg has reported that on the Handelsblatt automotive summit in Wolfsburg, Volkswagen head of technique Michael Jost mentioned that engineers “are engaged on the final platform for automobiles that aren’t CO2-neutral”.
“We’re steadily fading out combustion engines to absolutely the minimal,” he mentioned. “Within the yr 2026, the final product primarily based on a combustion platform might be began.”
Whereas there might be no new growth of petrol or diesel engines from 2026, it is extremely probably that petrol and diesel will stay in Volkswagen’s line-up into the 2030s, particularly in growing international locations the place the infrastructure would not exist for charging electrical automobiles.
Volkswagen has pursued a radical shift to electrification within the final couple of years, because it makes an attempt to enter a brand new period post-Dieselgate. It is also beneath the identical stress because the broader automobile trade to hit robust emissions targets to fight local weather change.
Final yr, the Volkswagen Group, which additionally consists of Audi, Porsche, Seat and Skoda, mentioned it will make investments £30 billion in electrification, autonomy and expertise by 2022.
Volkswagen’s ID vary of electrical automobiles consists of the hatchback, Crozz SUV and Buzz Cargo van. All might be constructed on the Group's new MEB EV platform. The primary manufacturing ID automobile, the hatchback, will go on sale in early 2020.
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