Volkswagen to Stop Selling Internal Combustion Cars in Europe After 2035
A board member stated that after Europe, sales will also be halted in the United States and China regions.
Volkswagen plans to stop selling internal combustion engines in Europe by 2035, a member of Volkswagen’s Board of Directors told German newspaper Muenchner Merkur (via Reuters) .
Klaus Zellmer , Volkswagen’s board member responsible for sales , told the newspaper about the company’s new plans:
“Between 2033 and 2035 we will go out of production of internal combustion engine cars in Europe. But it will take longer to stop sales of combustion engines in the US and China, and we will do it much longer in South America and Africa.”
Zellmer said the company’s entire fleet will be carbon neutral by 2050 at the latest. It wants electric vehicles to make up 70 percent of the company’s total sales in Europe by 2030.
Volkswagen’s carbon neutral targets are close to many of its competitors; Ford said earlier this year that it will sell only electric vehicles in Europe by 2030 and plans to spend $1 billion to convert its factory in Cologne, Germany, into an EV production line, and in April Honda plans to phase out gas-powered cars by 2040. told.
Many European countries with Norway planning for 2025, France for 2040 and the UK for 2030 have their own targets to ban conventional gas powered vehicles. The US state of California plans to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035. It is available in several other states that have adopted California’s model.