Volkswagen Group will not launch petrol, diesel powered cars from 2026

Cornelia Mascio
Dicembre 7, 2018

Reuters is reporting the company's next generation of gasoline- and diesel-fueled cars due to hit the market starting with 2026 will be the last.

This decision of Volkswagen is making a strategy shift towards battery driven vehicles comes at a time when the company has admitted to diesel emission cheating scandal in 2015 which forced the automaker to shell out over 27 billion Euros in fines.

As Volkswagen's chief strategist, Michael Jost, explained "We're gradually fading out combustion engines to the absolute minimum".

"Our colleagues are working on the last platform for vehicles that aren't Carbon dioxide neutral", said Volkswagen strategy chief Michael Jost on Tuesday.

Volkswagen's core brand aims to invest more than 11 billion euros ($12.5 billion) in e-mobility, digitalisation, autonomous driving and mobility services by 2023, with the bulk earmarked for the electrification of its cars, the carmaker said.

Moving forward, Volkswagen will continue to modify its combustion engine technology after the new platform is introduced in 2026. It's also under the same pressure as the broader vehicle industry to hit tough emissions targets to combat climate change.

The Volkswagen lineup will include fully or partially electric versions of its entire lineup of over 300 cars, vans and trucks and also its motorcycle range by 2030.

Jost also predicted that the last vehicle with a combustion engine would be sold around 2040, which is when the United Kingdom is set to introduce a ban on the sale on new petrol and diesel cars. "Yes, we have a clear responsibility here", Jost said.

Greenpeace UK senior campaigner Rosie Rogers said: 'VW has just become the first major auto maker to admit that the end of the combustion engine is in sight.

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