German carmaker Volkswagen will stop selling internal combustion engine cars in Europe by 2035 as it moves to electric vehicles, later in the United States and China, Klaus Zellmer, board member of Volkswagen, told Muenchner Merkur newspaper on Saturday. on sales.
“In Europe, we will exit the combustion engine business between 2033 and 2035, and somewhat later in the US and China,” he said. “In South America and Africa it will take much longer due to the lack of political and infrastructural framework conditions.”
By 2050 at the latest, Volkswagen's entire fleet should be CO-free 2 , Zellmer said. In its plans, VW is slightly behind Ford and GM, which plan to phase out combustion products in key regional models by 2030.
In Europe, it aims for electric vehicles to account for 70% of total sales by 2030. This will prepare the company for a possible tightening of the European Union's climate targets and even go beyond them.
EU policies have limited exhaust emissions, forcing automakers to stimulate the development of low-emission technologies or face fines if they exceed 2 CO limits.
Several European countries have their own targets to ban traditional combustion-engine vehicles: Norway is aiming for 2025, France for 2040, and the UK for 2050. In the US, California plans to ban the sale of such vehicles by 2035 and several other US states have already adopted the California model.