The radical change that the automotive industry has experienced in recent years is accelerating. While all the manufacturers have more or less completed projects for 100% electric cars in their boxes, Volkswagen has given a date for the end of heat engines in Europe.
Volkswagen: more heat engines in Europe in 14 years
In an interview with Klaus Zellmer, Volkswagen sales director, to the German daily Münchner Merkur published on June 27, 2021, a big announcement has been made. Volkswagen will no longer produce cars with combustion engines for the European market between 2033 and 2035. An acceleration of its ambition since, at the beginning of 2021, Volkswagen had announced that, for 2030, it was targeting 70% of sales in 100% electric.
The manufacturer, which lost its place of world number 1 in 2020 due to the pandemic in favor of Toyota which benefited from its strong presence in Asia where confinements were less important, is expected to invest nearly 46 billion euros in five years to achieve its goal in electricity.
First Europe, after the rest of the world
While new thermal Volkswagens will only be a thing of the past in the mid-2030s in Europe, this will not be the case everywhere. Klaus Zellmer predicts that this transition to all-electric will occur ” a little later in the United States and China “. As for Africa, it will potentially be even later, because ” lack of political framework conditions and infrastructure “. Impossible, in particular, to switch to all electric if it becomes impossible for buyers to recharge the batteries.
However, the group still intends to compensate for these delays and announces the carbon neutrality of its entire fleet by 2050. What, perhaps, to make him finally turn the page of Dieselgate of which he continues to suffer the consequences with new trials which are opening all over the world.