In the future, Volkswagen, like the entire sector, will rely mainly on the electric units.(Photo: picture alliance / dpa)
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Diesel scandal, driving bans and classic suits: the automotive industry prefers to focus its future on electric vehicles. Just under seven years, VW wants to develop the last gasoline and diesel. But they remain on the streets for a while. "
Volkswagen is preparing to phase out the combustion technology gradually. "In 2026, the latest launch of a product on a combustion platform", announced the chief strategist of the VW Michael Jost on the summit of the Handelsblatt cars in 2018. The Volkswagen brand and the entire Group see their future in the electric motor, not in petrol or diesel cars.
The goals of the Paris climate agreement could only be achieved if no car with an internal combustion engine travels in the streets in 2050, Jost explained. This means for VW, that the last vehicle with gas is sold around the year 2040.
"The first stop sign is then set." The latest new models such as gasoline or diesel should enter the market in the early 2030s, after 2025 in Wolfsburg, the development work on this latest generation of models with internal combustion engines.
The end of the burner is to change the VW group from the inside to the outside. "The green branch is becoming our new business model," said Jost. It is not easy to start the transformation of the "super-tanker Volkswagen" – but feasible.
The largest carmaker in Europe announced in mid-November that it would increase its investments in electromobility, autonomous driving and digitization to almost € 44 billion over the next five years. Of these 30 billion euros are intended for electric mobility, declared the managing director Herbert Diess.