The manufacturers set to ditch internal combustion

9th April 2021, 4:57pm
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The manufacturers set to ditch internal combustion
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  • Major manufacturers set to move away from internal combustion
  • Rush to meet government decision to halt sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2030
  • All electric emerging as the option of choice

The UK government recently announced that new cars powered wholly by diesel or petrol would not be allowed for sale in the country by 2030.

With other nations looking to follow suit, and many cities now having low emission zones, manufacturers are making sweeping changes across their vehicle fleets. Several are even planning to abandon hybrid technology in favour of all-electric ranges by the end of the decade. Here’s how some are planning to change.

Audi

The premium car maker is reported to be planning to offer electric only cars in 10 to 15 years at the latest. No dates have been set in stone, but the brand expects to have 30 plug-in models in its fleet by 2025, with the e-tron range already on the market.

Bentley

The British luxury marque announced late last year that it would go 100% electric by 2030, while by 2026 all vehicles will be either plug-in hybrids or battery-powered. Bentley will introduce two hybrid cars this year.

Ford

All Ford models produced in Europe will be electric by 2030, a move announced in February confirmed. The knock-on effect of this was the end of the Mondeo, with the plant in Valencia that assembles the car will switch its attentions to electrification. All of its vehicles will be plug-in hybrid by 2026.

General Motors

American giant GM aims to go carbon neutral by 2040, and will move away from gasoline powered vehicles by shifting sedans, SUVs and trucks towards electrification and other zero-emission alternatives by 2035. It only has the Chevrolet Bolt as an all-electric option at the moment, but has recently announced four other models.

Jaguar

Legendary British manufacturer Jaguar will go to an all-electric range even quicker than its rivals, aiming for a 2025 date for complete electrification. It’s only fully-electric car at present is the Jaguar I-Pace, but an ambitions investment programme will see £2.5 billion a year invested into the required technologies. Additionally, the first all-electric Land Rover will come in 2024, and it expects 60% of that range to be of zero-emissions by 2030.

Mercedes

Daimler recently introduced a new family of internal combustion engines, but these will be the last new engines produced for Mercedes. The brand announced back in 2019 that it is focusing on making its line-up all electric. However it expects its last fuel powered car to be produced in around 2040.

MINI

It is expected that Mini will go all-electric, with the last car with internal combustion power set to go on sale in 2025. An all-electric Mini is currently built at Mini’s plant in Oxford. MINI’s parent company BMW expects one in every two cars sold in 2030 to be a zero emissions vehicle.

Toyota

After announcing back in 2017 that it expected to stop producing internal combustion engines by 2040, Toyota has since confirmed that it aims to half its global sales made up of battery-electric vehicles. It is also expecting to produce hydrogen-powered vehicles as well as maintaining its hybrid vehicle range, for which it has been associated with for many years.

Volkswagen

VW’s recent ‘Voltswagen’ stunt didn’t go as planned, but it expects more than 70% of its cars sold in Europe to be fully electric by 2030. It also plans for more than 50% of its sales in the US and China will be electric by the end of the decade.

Volvo

The Swedish manufacturer confirmed on 2 March that it would phase out all car models with internal combustion by 2030, and has also stated that it won’t be investing in hydrogen fuel cells. Volvo will instead opt for an all-electric range. It had been announced previously that Volvo would focus half its sales on fully electric by 2025, with remaining vehicles being hybrids.

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Written by Richard Randle

Richard Randle is a motorsport PR professional working with the UK’s top racing circuits and the UK’s premier single-seater category, the BRDC British F3 Championship.