Friday, April 19, 2024

Former Audi engineer: "The internal combustion engine is superior to the electric car"

Fritz Indra, who has a past with both Opel and Audi, is not just convinced that the internal combustion engine is superior to the electric engine. He also believes that the car brands have a plan b ready.

If you ask in the automotive industry, there is hardly a hotter topic than electric cars right now. Must, must not? That is the big discussion. Former Opel and Audi engineer Fritz Indra is clearly on the 'must not' team. And not only that. Indra believes that the internal combustion engine is superior to its electric counterpart. Back in May, the engineer said in an interview with the German magazine Focus Online that he is convinced that a ban aimed at the internal combustion engine will not come to fruition. Shortly before, the EU had agreed to Germany's demand to continue to allow synthetic fuel – the so-called e-fuel – after 2035. READ ALSO: Danish racing choir has made himself insanely unpopular: "He really has no friends here" And precisely because Indra is convinced about the superiority of the internal combustion engine – especially when using synthetic fuel – he also believes that car manufacturers already have a 'plan b' ready. And he is not alone. Already last year, the German industrial giant Bosch warned the car brands against 'a one-sided focus on the electric car'. For Fritz Indra, however, there are two reasons in particular why the majority of car brands do not talk openly about anything other than electric cars. – Apart from the political pressure, the stock markets are still convinced of the electric car, says Indra. Not all car brands jump on the electric car bandwagon either. Unlike many of its competitors, BMW has not set a date for the phasing out of the internal combustion engine. And at Toyota, you don't want to hear about focusing on just one fuel at all. – Our data shows that the focus on the electric car is bad for the environment, said the head of Toyota's research department Gill Pratt already last year.

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