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Volkswagen will say goodbye to combustion engine vehicles in Europe between 2033 and 2035, one of the company’s board members said. It plans to do the same in the U.S. and China a little later and in South America and Africa further down the line.
In an interview with the German outletpublished this weekend, Volkswagen sales board director Klaus Zellmer laid out the company’s roadmap for retiring the combustion engine across several regions. Zellmer said that, as a volume manufacturer, the company’s timeline for phasing out combustion technology was based on the different speeds of transformation in individual regions, according to a Google translation of the interview.
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Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware urged the Environmental Protection Agency to adopt strict anti-pollution standards that would end sales of new, gas-powered vehicles by 2035. © Provided by Washington Examiner Carper, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, wrote to EPA Administrator Michael Regan late Thursday, imploring the agency to apply California’s fuel and efficiency standards and arguing that U.S. leadership on green technology will “encourage” businesses to invest in the United States rather than China, according to the Associated Press.
Zellmer explained that competitors who sell cars in Europe, for example, will have to deal with less complexity when it comes to transformation because of the clear political guidelines.
“We have set very clear goals and milestones. We will make our entire fleet CO2 neutral by 2050 at the latest,” Zellmer said. “In Europe we will exit the combustion engine vehicle business between 2033 and 2035, in the USA and China a little later. In South America and Africa, due to the lack of political and infrastructural framework conditions, it will take a good bit longer.”
In April, thethat it was increasing its carbon emissions reduction objective to 55% from 40% by 2030 compared and aiming for zero net emissions by 2050.
Volkswagen, close your factory in Xinjiang and protect Uyghur human rights
In April, Jewish World Watch, the American Alliance for Automotive Corporate Social Responsibility, and 17 other human rights organizations took part in the Uyghur Week of Action and the affiliated Global Day of Business Engagement to push our message that Volkswagen must close its factory located in Xinjiang, China, and stop using Uyghur forced labor once and for all. Founded by the Nazi Party in 1937, Volkswagen is once again using forced labor to make a profit and curry political favors. It is a situation that has yet to prove as uncomfortable as it should for the car company.
Despite the company’s plans to exit the combustion engine business, Zellmer told Merkur.de that combustion technology would be needed for a few more years. He added that the company would continue to invest in optimizing its drives, which include diesel. Zellmer said that diesel is a particular challenge, but that there were driving profiles for which diesel was still in high demand, such as customers with high mileage.
In terms of battery-electric vehicles, Zellmer said Volkswagen aimed to increase the share of total sales to 70% by 2030 in Europe.
The announcement is the latest from carmakers who are making changes to their products in light of the dire situation facing our planet. Ford, for instance, has said it willin Europe by 2030, and that it will spend to transform its factory in Cologne, Germany into its first European electric vehicle manufacturing center. General Motors that it will eliminate gas-powered, light-duty vehicle production by 2035 and plans to be by 2040. And Honda says it will gas-powered vehicles in 2040.
Gizmodo reached out to Volkswagen for comment on Zellmer’s interview but did not receive a response by the time of publication. We’ll make sure to update this blog if we hear back.
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