Volkswagen will continue to support ICEApril 6, 2020
Despite the fact that the focus is on its new electric ID family, Volkswagen is not going to abandon internal combustion engines in the near future.
After the catastrophic scandal with Dieselgate caused significant damage to the reputation of the German auto giant, Volkswagen wants to re-establish itself as the leading manufacturer of electric vehicles. It started last year when the German automaker announced ID.3 as its first all-electric car, but this is only the beginning of the VW electric shock.
In the next few years, the Volkswagen ID family will expand with the ID.4 electric crossover. Vizzion concepts and two small electric cars that will be located under ID.3. However, despite huge investments in EV technology and more stringent emission standards, VW still believes that internal combustion engines have a future in the automotive industry.
Volkswagen Technical Director Matthias Rabe believes that internal combustion engines “will have a longer future than some people predict”, as automakers are likely to use synthetic fuels from biomass or other materials in the future. Gasoline contains a limited amount of ethanol produced from crops, but Volkswagen is studying electronic fuel synthetically made from natural materials that do not emit harmful emissions.
While stringent emission standards forced Volkswagen to focus on electric vehicles to reduce emissions, Rabe believes that restrictions on electrical technology in other transportation segments, such as the weight and size of existing batteries, will lead to the development of e-fuel.
“We will move on to electronic fuel,” he said. “If you look at the aviation industry, e-fuel is in high demand because [the planes] will not work on electricity, otherwise you will not cross the Atlantic. “We take our CO2 goals very seriously and want to become a role model for CO2, but that doesn’t mean that we will exclude ICE.”
Rabe added that Volkswagen is also expanding its range of powertrains for at least the next decade, and that the company is introducing compressed natural gas engines in some markets.
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