Friday, May 24, 2024

Skoda defies ban – will build petrol cars after 2035

The Czech car brand Skoda refuses – unlike large parts of the VAG group – to give up the combustion engine when the EU bans it in 2035.

Skoda has no intention of scrapping the internal combustion engine just because it will be banned within the borders of the EU.

The brand's managing director Klaus Zellmer makes that clear in an interview with Automobilwoche .

– After that (2035, ed.) we will build cars for the major markets outside Europe, where no end date has yet been set for the internal combustion engine.

Skoda, says Zellmer, wants to build the cars their customers want to buy. And that is not necessarily what the politicians dictate.

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We don't have to go much further than Germany to find such a perspective on things. Here, sales of electric cars have plummeted after the German state withdrew all public support for the type of car with immediate effect in December last year. Read more about it here.

Back at Skoda, however, Klaus Zellmer intends to live up to the stricter regulations for the internal combustion engine's CO2 emissions. If not, only large stalls await.

However, this does not mean that Skoda stops the development of the internal combustion engine. On the contrary, the plug-in hybrids are becoming decisive for the brand, in line with what Zellmer calls 'a declining acceptance of the electric car in Southern and Eastern Europe.'

In addition, Skoda believes that biofuel and e-fuel – i.e. synthetic petrol – must play a more decisive role in the future.

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