The next generation engine will be the last for VolkswagenDecember 5, 2018
The next generation of internal combustion engines will be the last for Volkswagen. The manufacturer will not return to the ICE anymore, and will direct all funds to the improvement and development of new electric power plants. The first models with new units will appear in 2026.
“Our colleagues are developing the latest platform for non-CO2-neutral cars,” Bloomberg Edition quotes Michael Jost, who is responsible for Volswagen AG strategy, “We will gradually abandon the engine and bring their number to an absolute minimum.” At the same time, according to Jost, even after 2050 in the VW lineup there will still be cars with traditional engines – they will be sold in regions with an underdeveloped charging infrastructure.
The first-born of the Volkswagen electric line will be the I.D. hatchback. Neo. The assembly of the model will begin in a year at an enterprise in Germany. Other models of the I.D. will begin to produce in China from 2020. Total by 2030 in the line of concern VW will be about 300 electric cars, vans, pickups and motorcycles.
Even the Audi brand, which is part of the Volkswagen Group, is ready to spend 14 billion euros on electrification, digital technologies and autonomous control systems. By 2025, the company will release 20 new models, about half of which will be completely electric.