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Traditional engines to stay for another 20 years

By Faiming_low on 01 Oct 2016 in New technology

Attached Image While Volkswagen is certain that electric vehicles are the way forward and is developing a comprehensive range of these cars which we could get after 2020, the company believes that petrol and diesel engines will still remain important for at least the next 20 years.

Volkswagen's Chief Executive Matthias Muller said to Autocar at the Paris Auto Show that “Regardless of all the new opportunities and possibilities the mobility world of tomorrow opens up for us, we must not neglect our existing technologies and core competences."

Despite plans to launch 30 electric models in the coming decade, the company is aware of the current demand for petrol and diesel cars and will not force its customers to opt for electric vehicles by rapidly killing off the combustion engine options in its lineup.

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Written by Faiming_low
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Verve Oct 03 2016 08:18 PM
Volkswagen is saying so because unlike Toyota they do not have any good hybrid technology and need 20 years to play catch up
Heman75 Oct 08 2016 03:11 PM

I do agree with him. It really depends on how fast the electric technology matures. Things like charging time, dist per charge are just some key factors to consider which has yet to mature. Also how local authority support such clean initiative with zero emission with easy access charging station and tax incentive. Until the time when oil resources are near depletion which extreme high price, it is still another good more 50 years for combustion to stay. Just look at the CNG or LPG case.

Heman75 Oct 08 2016 03:16 PM

Volkswagen is saying so because unlike Toyota they do not have any good hybrid technology and need 20 years to play catch up

i wont consider hybrid as pure electric .. it still needs a combustion engine to run the alternator. I believe what VW is referring pure electric here like Telsa. so i dont think you are doing a fair comparison.

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