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Volkswagen abandoned the development of gasoline and diesel engines. What's next?

Audi has recently officially confirmed that more will not develop internal combustion engines.This does not mean that the manufacturer decided to tie up with the release of new cars: for some time, Audi will produce cars with gasoline and diesel power units, but it will stop researching the development of new engines with CO2 emissions. No two-liter turbocharged TFSI or anything else. It's not hard to guess what Audi wants to use instead - electric motors. Shortly thereafter, the CEO Volkswagen Ralph Brandstatter announced that the new enginesinternal combustion, gasoline or diesel, in the manufacturer's lineup will not be. We seem to be approaching electric vehicles much faster than previously thought.

In the next 10 years, the line of new Volkswagen cars will look something like this

At the moment, we have no plans to develop and launch a completely new engine family, - said the head of Volkswagen.

Content

  • 1 Volkswagen will stop producing cars with internal combustion engines
  • 2 Which automakers are switching to electric vehicles
  • 3 Are electric vehicles really that green?
  • 4 Which is better - an electric car or a gasoline car?

Volkswagen will stop producing cars with internal combustion engines

Like Audi, VW will continue to improve itsthe current line of internal combustion engines because, according to the brand, we still need them for a certain time and should be as efficient as possible. But what is meant by "a certain time"? Two years, three years, or maybe 5 years?

Internal combustion engine vehiclesare still vital to Volkswagen because they are profitable. But that money will be used to help turn VW into an all-electric car company. While the Volkswagen ID.4 electric car is getting a lot of attention as it arrives at dealerships around the world, there is still a very good chance that the next generation Golf (including the GTI) will be powered by an internal combustion engine. rather than becoming fully electric. A plug-in hybrid system paired with a turbocharged engine is highly likely. But only the electric motor and batteries are unlikely.

Volkswagen ID.4 could be the brand's first production electric vehicle

Phasing out internal motorsVW's combustion will not happen overnight, and its parent company, the Volkswagen Group, has not formally committed to fully switching to electric vehicles, as GM recently did. But Audi and Volkswagen are clearly keen to expand their brand's EV fleet as quickly as possible.

Which automakers are switching to electric vehicles

Besides Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.3, the German brand's EV lineup will continue to expand with the ID.5 crossover coupe and the ID.6 three-row crossover, although they will not be marketed in all countries. The production version of the ID.Buzz minivan will appear in the 2023 model year, and the ID.Vizzion concept - no earlier than 2024.

Volkswagen ID.Buzz beckons to take a board to the beach (if you have enough charge)

The range of Audi electric vehicles is still represented by only a few models of the series. e-tron.

It was believed that a complete transition to electric vehicleswill take 10, 15 or even 20 years, but we see that manufacturers themselves are doing everything in order to abandon internal combustion engines. General Motors has already committed to producing only electric vehicles by 2035. Ford and Volvo also want to ditch gasoline and other fossil fuels. Volvo's approach, by the way, is the most radical, it has already stopped developing new cars with internal combustion engines. The last car it introduced, the Volvo C40, is fully electric and the company will no longer make any other cars. The Swedes have developed their electric car together with Google, its range is 420 kilometers, and the Volvo C40 accelerates to 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds.

Volvo C40 comes with Google services

According to analysts at Morgan Stanley, in 2021, sales of electric vehicles worldwide could grow by 50%.

Obviously, if the automaker does not supporta new trend, after some time it will remain on the sidelines. Even Ford and Hummer are already making electric cars (electric Mustang, how do you like that?), Although there was a time when they installed the most voracious 3-liter, 5-liter engines and even more powerful ones. Tesla played a role in this transition - Elon Musk showed that you can earn money on electric vehicles, that they are economical and comfortable. Does this mean that soon there will be no ordinary cars with internal combustion engines left? Perhaps, but clearly not by 2030. In addition, there are areas where there is still nowhere without gasoline units - for example, auto racing... But I do not exclude that in the future in the same F1 there will be no roar of engines at the start, but only the sound of tires.

Are electric vehicles really that green?

This is the right question, because the rejection of gasoline anddiesel engines must be justified. Electric vehicles receive energy from nuclear power plants, hydroelectric power plants and thermal power plants (thermal power plants). The main problems of thermal power plants include: soil subsidence, fuel combustion, oxygen combustion, atmospheric emissions and thermal pollution of water bodies. That is, the power plant burns coal so that then some owner of a new electric Volkswagen can charge his car in the parking lot of a shopping center.

In addition, power lines provide 70% efficiency.against 98% of the pipeline. The first ones are very long, and part of the energy simply does not reach the destination. In addition, there is deterioration of the transmission line due to long-term use, and bottlenecks with low bandwidth appear, which also affects losses.

At the same time, there is such a thing as the efficiency of obtainingkinetic energy of the motor. In fact, when comparing the efficiency of an electric motor, the efficiency of an internal combustion engine is twice as high. But as we can see, there has never been and still is no more environmental friendliness or greater efficiency in electric vehicles. You can read more about this in this article.

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Which is better - an electric car or a gasoline car?

Whatever they say, but the transition to electric cars began in many ways with Tesla.

As you may have noticed, from an environmental point of view"Electric train" and cars with internal combustion engines are not very different, since electricity is also not taken from the air. But when it comes to consumer benefits, EVs are out of competition. They hardly break, they do not need to do maintenance, change the engine oil, and so on. Not to mention the fact that refueling with electricity is much cheaper than petrol or diesel.

You may be wondering: How much a Tesla owner will have to spend for the first 160,000 kilometers

Of course, there will always be people whoyou definitely need to feel the 12 cylinders under the hood, but there are fewer and fewer of them. Manufacturers have even begun to make artificial exhaust sound for some electric vehicles - for this, special speakers are used to make it easier for the owner to get used to after a car with an internal combustion engine. Such a thing, for example, is implemented in electric Jaguars.

Personally, I have nothing against switching toelectric cars and, perhaps, would gladly switch to Tesla or another electric car, if they had the necessary infrastructure. Regarding this parameter, Russia, unfortunately, is still lagging behind, while in Europe you can easily travel in an electric car with a power reserve of 400-500 kilometers. And the new Tesla Model S has a total range increased to 800 kilometers. Not all gasoline cars will drive that much on one tank.

Although, as a longtime Volkswagen fan, I will miss TSI engines, DSG boxes and other "goodies" of cars with internal combustion engines. Despite all their "sores", they have their own charm.