Volkswagen will stop selling cars equipped with SUS engines by 2035 and will switch entirely to electric vehicles. This transition will happen a little later in the United States and China, said the head of sales at the German company Klaus Zellmer.
“In Europe, we will get out of business with vehicles with internal combustion engines from 2033 to 2035, and in the United States and China a little later,” Zellmer said in an interview with the German newspaper “Munich Mercury”.
He said that the process of switching to electric cars in South America and Africa will take a bit longer due to inadequate political and infrastructural framework conditions.
According to Volkswagen’s strategy of accelerating the transition to electric vehicles published on March 5, the company plans to achieve that by 2030, 70% of its sales in Europe are electric models.
That will prepare the company for possible new goals of the European Union’s climate policy, as well as for the period after that, said Celmer. He stated that the entire Volkswagen should become carbon neutral by 2050.
Volkswagen’s plan to switch to electric models is slightly less ambitious than Audi’s, which operates in the same group. Audi plans to phase out internal combustion engines from most markets by 2033.
The European Union is tightening regulations on CO2 emissions and forcing carmakers to rapidly develop low-emission technologies or face penalties if they exceed CO2 limits.
Source: Nacionalna Klasa by www.nacionalnaklasa.com.
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