VW's final generation of petrol engines will come in 2026

VW's Next Generation Of Combustion Engines Will Be Its Last

Bloomberg has reported that at the Handelsblatt automotive summit in Wolfsburg, Volkswagen head of strategy Michael Jost said that engineers "are working on the last platform for vehicles that aren't CO2-neutral".

VW will continue to adapt its petrol and diesel engined cars to meet environmental standards during the lifetime of those vehicles, but the German carmaker is now committed to radical steps to stop global warming, Jost said.

The gradual exit of combustion engines marks a sea change for Volkswagen, which became the poster child of auto pollution after it admitted to cheating on emissions tests in a scandal involving 11 million vehicles worldwide. He went on to make a rather bold announcement: "we're gradually fading out combustion engines to the absolute minimum".

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. All brands under VW Group will follow this, including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, VW, Porsche, Seat, Lamborghini, Seat, etc.

The automaker's plan is tied not only to its own electrification strategy, but to the climate goals of 2050, which Jost indicated could only be achieved if not a single internal combustion vehicle is on the road in that year.

Volkswagen has already said it will offer more than 50 electric cars by 2025 as part of ambitions plans outlined in the Strategy 2025 proposal.

The brand will axe a quarter of its engine and gearbox variants in Europe, concentrating mainly on the high-demand combinations of drivetrains and trim, to simplify production.

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