German carmaker Volkswagen will stop selling cars powered by internal combustion engines (ICE) in Europe by 2035. By then, the company should have switched entirely to electric vehicles in the Old Continent, and later in the United States and China, according to Reuters.
In Europe, we will leave the business of internal combustion vehicles between 2033 and 2035, in the United States and China – a little later, “said Klaus Zelmer, a member of the Board of Volkswagen, to Muenchner Merkur. “It will take much longer in South America and Africa due to the fact that the political and infrastructural framework conditions are still lacking.”
By 2050 at the latest, Volkswagen’s entire fleet must be carbon-neutral, Zelmer said.
In Europe, the company aims for electric cars 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 will even exceed them.
EU politicians have reduced exhaust emissions, forcing carmakers to stimulate the development of low-emission technology. Otherwise, they face sanctions if they exceed carbon dioxide emission limits.