Thursday, July 25, 2024

Koenigsegg drops electric car – "customers say no, no, no"

Swedish Koenigsegg has put plans for an electric car on hold. The brand's customers simply want something different. Namely engine sound, says Christian von Koenigsegg.

The plan is there. It is also not more than two years ago that Christian von Koenigsegg said that the car brand he names will build an electric car.

Even one with around 2,000 horsepower. But now the brand with headquarters in Ängelholm is putting the plans on hold again. Customers simply do not want an electric car.

Today we do not have a pure electric car in the pipeline because the customers say no no no! We want engine noise! Use renewable fuel and hybrid if you have to. Don't give us a heavy, silent electric car, says von Koenigsegg, according to Carup .

However, the fact that it will not become an electric Koenigsegg does not mean that neither the founder nor his customers frown on the idea. At least not on a daily basis.

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– I myself drive in an electric car on a daily basis, a Tesla Model S Plaid. And it works brilliantly. Our customers love Taycan and Tesla. But on the weekends, they want something light and fun.

In common with several car brands, the Swedes are therefore looking in the direction of synthetic petrol. That's what Christian von Koenigsegg thinks, without it necessarily being a major burden on the environment.

– We are looking at different solutions to create truly CO2-negative fuel in low volume.

– If you can create a CO2-negative fuel and recycle the electricity when you brake, driving a hypercar is no longer an environmental problem. It reduces CO2 emissions when you sing, says the boss in Ängelholm.

Koenigsegg are not the only ones looking in the direction of synthetic gasoline. Also called E-fuel. The Volkswagen Group does exactly the same. Already in March last year, the brand from Zuffenhausen was able to fill the first liters of synthetic gasoline from a factory in Chile. Read more about it here.

Since then, Lamborghini has jumped on board with the idea. The same is true of Toyota, and BMW is not dismissive either. Nor to the idea of burning hydrogen in 'ordinary' engines.

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