VW to Stop Selling Internal Combustion Engine-Powered Vehicles by 2035

By Paul Riegler on 27 June 2021
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A worker inspects a VW Passat body at the Chattanooga plant

Volkswagen announced it plans to stop selling internal combustion engine-powered vehicles in the European market by 2035 and become completely carbon neutral by 2050, a member of its Vorstand, or board of directors, told a German newspaper on Saturday.

The move comes as it undertakes a global shift to electric vehicles.

“We have set very clear goals and milestones,” VW’s head of sales, Klaus Zellmer, told the newspaper Münchner Merkur.  “We will make our entire fleet CO2 neutral by 2050 at the latest.”

“In Europe, we will increase the share of battery-electric vehicles in total sales to 70% by 2030,” Zellmer said, adding that it would be  “10% more than the lawmakers have called for.”

The timetable for different markets  varies based on the infrastructure available in each country to support electric vehicle charging.

“In Europe, we will exit the combustion engine business between 2033 and 2035, in the USA and China a little later.”

“In South America and Africa, it will take a good bit longer due to the still missing political and infrastructural framework.“

 (Photo: Accura Media Group)