Volkswagen wants to use synthetic fuel for ICEApril 6, 2020
The Volkswagen Group, being such a large automaker with several brands under its auspices, can afford to invest heavily in electrification without having to put the internal combustion engine in the background.
Their gasoline engines are now more efficient than ever, while diesels that have received a lot of criticism and fined billions of dollars are now as clean as modern technology allows.
While some hastened to announce the upcoming ICE demise in an interview with Autocar, technical director Matias Rabe explained why VW claims that the traditional engine “will have a longer future than some people predict.” Although synthetic fuels are still far from mass production for the automotive industry, he believes it makes sense to invest in electronic fuels, as electric cars still have range limitations, while their batteries are still large and heavy.
Despite the fact that electric cars will become the number one priority in the future, investments in internal combustion engines are still planned to update the huge range of VW gasoline and diesel power units sold in many of its brands.
BMW is also convinced that the internal combustion engine has a long life ahead, as Klaus Fröhlich, Head of Research and Development, has declared ICE’s commitment for at least another 30 years.
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