Volkswagen to stop selling combustion engines in Europe by 2035

(EurActiv, 28 Jun 2021) Volkswagen said Sunday (27 June) it plans to stop producing cars with internal combustion engines in Europe for its eponymous flagship brand between 2033 and 2035, as the Germany auto giant accelerates its drive towards electric vehicles.

Carmakers around the world have started setting timetables to phase out combustion engines in the face of increasingly strict anti-pollution standards put in place to fight climate change, with Volkswagen’s electric push also following lingering reputational harm from the “dieselgate” scandal.

Klaus Zellmer, board member for sales and marketing at Volkswagen’s passenger cars brand, told the Bavarian newspaper Muenchner Merkur that “we will make our entire fleet CO2 neutral by 2050 at the latest”.

“In Europe, we will leave the combustion engine vehicle market between 2033 and 2035,” he said in a interview published online Sunday.

He added that the change will take place “a little later in the United States and China. In South America and Africa, due to the lack of political framework conditions and infrastructure, it will take a little longer.”

Volkswagen’s flagship brand had already said in March it was aiming for electric vehicles to account for 70% of its European sales by 2030.

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EurActiv, 28 Jun 2021: Volkswagen to stop selling combustion engines in Europe by 2035