Air pollution, emissions norms and the entire challenge of electric mobility have pushed the good-old IC engines to the wall. With the development of new engines to match future emission norms proving to be expensive, Volkswagen has decided to pull the plug after having one last go at it.
Michael Jost, VW’s strategy chief mentioned that the German conglomerate is gradually phasing out combustion engines to the absolute minimum and that they are working on probably the last platform of IC engines. While combustion engines will not be completely obsolete, they will be reserved for a few enthusiasts who would be ready to shell out a premium when EVs become the norm of the day.
But, Volkswagen has assured that the current development of the new generation of engines set to roll out over the next couple of years remains unaffected. These engines will continue to be the mainstream offering till 2026, after which they will be tapered out in the European markets to start with. Emerging markets will continue to get these last-gen IC engines until the electric infrastructure is made available.