Volkswagen’s head of sales, Klaus Zellmer, told a German newspaper that the company plans to completely exit the internal combustion engine business by 2035. The company plans to abandon conventional cars and completely switch to the production of electric vehicles in the period 2033-2035.
In China and the United States, change will be a little delayed, while South America and Africa will wait “seriously longer” for the transition, the board member said.
Zellmer also noted that in 2030, 70% of all sales of the company should be electric vehicles, and by 2050 Volkswagen plans to switch all of its products to electric motors.
A number of European countries have decided to get rid of traditional cars over the next 50 years: Norway will ban internal combustion engines by 2025, France by 2040, Britain by 2050. Automakers are adapting to the current situation and phasing out the production of gasoline and diesel cars.