Audi made a similar announcement last week.
The current family of combustion engines will be updated but that’s all.
The Volkswagen Auto Group is further confirming and reinforcing its commitment to ending internal combustion engine (ICE) development in favour of all things electric.
Following in Audi’s footsteps, Volkswagen is all but completely putting a lid on the old ICE. The giant German automaker announced a few years ago that it was shifting its focus over to electric vehicles. It developed the MEB platform, a dedicated EV structure, that currently underpins the ID.3 and ID.4, and that will serve as the base for many more electric vehicles to come.
Volkswagen brand CEO Ralf Brandstätter said, as reported by electrive: “At the moment, I do not expect a completely new engine family to be launched.” Even so, he expects that some improvements will be made to these engines in order for them to comply with Euro 7 emissions standards. He adds: “We need them for a certain amount of time, and that’s when they need to be as efficient as possible.” He also said these engines and vehicles are necessary in order “to finance the whole transformation.”
This announcement follows Volkswagen’s ongoing EV expansion plans which include new battery plants.