Next generation Volkswagen cars which are scheduled to go on sale onwards of 2026 are likely to be the brand’s final iterations of internal combustion engines in most of the major markets around the world.
Volkswagen strategy Chief Michael Jost stated that the automaker was planning to slowly phase out internal combustion engines in an effort to reduce emissions.
“Our colleagues are working on the last platform for vehicles that aren’t CO2 neutral,” he said at an industry conference near the company’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg. “We’re gradually fading out combustion engines to the absolute minimum.”
Jost clarified that the company was not pulling the plugs on internal combustion engines and that it will still be around for a long time as the company continues to improve the technology. Adding to this, he also speculated that petrol and diesel engines will continue to be in production even after 2050 in countries with inadequate charging infrastructure.
In the same breath, Volkswagen luxury subsidiary Porsche had also recently stated that the 911 might be the brand’s only internal combustion engine within a decade. The German auto giant, as well as its subsidiaries, have lately been investing heavily in electric cars, post the infamous Dieselgate scandal.
VW’s will be accelerating its efforts in the EV lineup that currently has the e-Golf and the e-Up. Apart from this, the automaker has 29 new cars that will be based on the MEB platform across multiple VW brands.