Friday, April 19, 2024

Bosch: "The world cannot do without petrol cars in 2060"

There is no other solution than to keep the internal combustion engine alive, says Bosch CEO Stefan Hartung.

The world cannot do without the internal combustion engine. Not today, tomorrow, next year or in 2060.

That's how clear Bosch's managing director Stefan Hartung is in a new interview with the German media The Pioneer .

Although the automotive industry is moving in the direction of electric cars, Bosch has an obligation to stick with the internal combustion engine, Stefan Hartung believes. It will still be in demand.

– The world cannot do without the petrol engine in 2060.

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– We need to continue to supply internal combustion engine technology in Germany, otherwise the world will not be able to cope, says Hartung to the media.

The Bosch director estimates that it will take the automotive industry at least 35 years to undergo electrification on a global scale.

And even by then, i.e. in 2060, it will not be all transport where the electric car makes sense. If ever at all. It is especially outside of Europe that Hartung believes that motorists will not be forced into electric cars.

It is estimated that there are currently 1.4 billion passenger cars in the world. To that must be added the 90 million new cars that hit the roads every single year.

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Assuming that all the car brands stopped building fossil-fuel cars today, it would still take at least 16 years to build enough electric cars to cover the needs of all the world's motorists, Stefan Hartung believes.

By the way, Bosch is not alone in this attitude. At Toyota, they refuse to put the internal combustion engine in the grave. Conversely, the brand takes a critical look at the electric cars.

– The customers – neither rules nor politics – must make that decision (in relation to the propellant, ed.), board chairman Aiko Toyoda said back in January.

The competitors also seem to have found the reverse gear on their electric car ambitions. Among other things, Mercedes now says that 'it will take years, because the electric car is competitive. And BMW absolutely refuses to put an end date on the technology.

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