Volkswagen will introduce the last of its vehicles powered by internal combustion engines in 2026. VW plans to launch fully or partly electric versions across its lineup of more than 300 cars, vans, trucks and motorbikes by 2030. Plug-in hybrids run on conventional combustion engine platforms and would seem to be excluded from Volkswagen's engineering vision beyond 2026 - although they will still be built for the duration of that generation, running until the 2030s.
The gradual exit of combustion engines marks a big 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 say "Our colleagues are working on the last platform for vehicles that aren't Carbon dioxide neutral". The automaker will extend a cost savings and efficiency program at its core brand beyond 2020 and seek an additional 3 billion euros in cost savings by 2023.
"We must force the pace of our transformation and become more efficient and agile", Ralf Brandstaetter, the VW brand's chief operating officer, said.
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. In Europe, the brand will be discontinuing 25 percent of the engine-transmission variants with low customer demand in the coming model year.
"The year 2026 will be the last product start on a combustion engine platform", Jost reportedly said.
Greenpeace UK senior campaigner Rosie Rogers said: 'VW has just become the first major vehicle maker to admit that the end of the combustion engine is in sight.